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Education centre work begins at Stansted Airport

The Car Hire Stansted Airport location are delighted at the work beginning, aimed at giving young people a chance to boost skills in areas associated with the airport.

Work has started at Stansted Airport to create an airport-themed education centre designed to boost skills across science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). At a cost of £500,000 the Aerozone will offer STEM activities designed to give young people from local schools, colleges, and community groups an insight of airport life and a chance to see the variety of careers on offer across the site.

Stansted Airport’s head of construction and development, Matt Allen, marked the occasion by turning the first sod of soil. Allen said “Engaging with young people, particularly those living in areas close to the airport, is a vital part of our community work. We want to encourage and inspire young people to think about what the airport does, why it does it, and the career opportunities that could be available to them in the future. With high youth unemployment across the UK and a shortage of local skilled employees, the Aerozone along with our existing employment academy will equip future employees with skills that will help them find work, either at airports or with another employer.”

An old administration building adjacent to the airfield is being completely refurbished to house the classrooms while the surrounding area will be landscaped to include picnic, viewing and parking areas. There will also be space dedicated to the airport’s history that will include photos and artefacts dating back to the Second World War when Stansted began life as a US Air Force base.

Work is due to be completed by mid-Feb 2015 with the centre set to open in March 2015.