The four-year project will see a partnership between Urban Futures and unionlearn, the TUC’s learning and skills organisation, to provide a central recruitment service for employers and employees at the airport and a skills development training centre for future career progression.
Murray Thomas, human resources director for BAA Stansted, said: “With around 11,600 people currently working at Stansted Airport, we are the largest single site employer in the East of England.”
“Stansted is a key facilitator for economic growth in the region and our strategy remains firmly focused on partnership working with employers, employee representatives, local authorities and educational providers to support both our existing and future workforces.”
Phil Young of Urban Futures said: “The Academy will provide a framework for all elements of recruitment, training and skills support at Stansted Airport.
“Its physical presence at the airport will provide an easy gateway for employers to access the support on offer, and for individuals to access employment opportunities,” he added.
BAA employment levels at Stansted Airport have almsost doubled in just over five years to 1,300 people, and 263 people have successfully gained employment at Stansted Airport through the Airport Skills Training Programme, run in conjunction with Harlow College.