Published on : Tuesday, May 10, 2016
The £500,000 centre opened last year to boost STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and showcase airport apprenticeships and careers to young people.
Since the first school visit on May 5, 2015, the learning hub has attracted over 2600 youngsters from 100 schools and colleges, including students from as far away as the Netherlands.
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon said: “This government is investing £61billion in transport, creating thousands of high quality jobs and opportunities across the country, and it is vital that young people develop the skills to help us build a world leading transport system.
“The Aerozone at Stansted Airport is a great example of industry taking the lead in inspiring the best and brightest young people to focus on careers in aviation and engineering, and I was delighted to have been able to see the excellent work taking place.”
During the visit the Minister was able to see the range interactive activities on offer at the centre as well meeting some of the 150 airport staff who have volunteered at the site since it opened.
Andrew Cowan, Stansted Airport’s Divisional CEO, said: “We were thrilled that Lord Ahmad was able to join us at the Aerozone and mark this very special anniversary of the first school visit. The Aerozone is our flagship community project here at Stansted and it represents a long-term commitment to our community. Engaging with young people, particularly those living in areas close to the airport, is a vital part of our community work.
“The aim of the centre is to inspire young people to consider the varied apprenticeships and career opportunities within aviation, focusing on the vital STEM subjects that generate real prospects for young people and open their eyes to the fantastic opportunities available on their doorstep.”