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Council agrees funding for Further Education college

Uttlesford District Council has pledged a grant of up to £300,000 to support the new Technical and Professional Skills Centre at Stansted Airport.

Stansted Airport College Mock up
Mock up of Stansted Airport College
The £11 million Stansted Airport College, delivered by Harlow College in partnership with the Airport, will be the first further education college in Uttlesford, and is expected to be open in time for the 2018 autumn term.

Courses will be tailored to fill skills gaps in engineering, business, retail, hospitality and airport-related industries, with more than 500 people expected to train at the college each year.

The college has received two separate grants from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership Local Growth Fund and Essex County Council, whilst Harlow College has also contributed funding. The investment from Uttlesford, provided through the Strategic Initiatives Fund, will assist in covering the capital costs of the project.

Cllr Vic Ranger, Cabinet Member for Communities & Partnerships, said: "The college will train hundreds of young people and adults in technical and vocational skills, traineeships and apprenticeships, with direct benefits available to our residents.

"To be able to contribute to the college project will give assurance to our young people that we recognise the role they have to play in the future of this district.

Karen Spencer, Principal of Harlow College, said: "We are delighted to have the support of Uttlesford District Council in establishing the first Further Education College in the area at Stansted Airport. Their financial backing will provide significant investment into state-of-the-art equipment for the new college, meaning local young people have the best experience to start them on their career pathways."