Learning takes off at Stansted Airport

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 14 March 2008



(2008), "Learning takes off at Stansted Airport", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 40 No. 2. https://doi.org/10.1108/ict.2008.03740bab.007



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Learning takes off at Stansted Airport

Article Type: Notes and news From: Industrial and Commercial Training, Volume 40, Issue 2.

Learning takes off at Stansted Airport

Airport operator BAA has announced a £200,000 investment over the next four years in a new employment and skills academy at Stansted Airport, which employs around 11,600 people.

The academy is partnership with Urban Futures and unionlearn, the Trades Union Congress learning and skills organization, to provide a centralized recruitment function for employers and employees at Stansted and a training center dedicated to helping workers to develop skills for career progression.

BAA will also manage its airport-skills training program from the academy a program hailed by the then chancellor of the exchequer Gordon Brown as “best practice” in last year’s budget statement, and one that aims to equip the unemployed with basic skills to help them to obtain work at the airport.

More than 260 people have successfully gained employment at Stansted Airport through the airport-skills training program, which is run in conjunction with Harlow College and accredited by the NCFE, the UK’s national awarding body for further education.

“Stansted Airport is the largest single-site employer in the east of England”, said Murray Thomas, human-resources director, BAA Stansted. “The airport 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.”

Barry Francis, unionlearn’s southern and eastern region manager, commented: “Unionlearn is pleased to work with the LSC, GoSkills, BAA and affiliate unions including Unison, Unite and the GMB at Stansted Airport. Through these partnerships we have been able to work to each other’s strengths and co-ordinate a structured approach to learning and skills at Stansted. This has enabled learning to take off at Stansted and benefit a range of staff. Unionlearn has chaired and co-ordinated the activities of a steering group and we look forward to seeing the strategy, which seeks to open more learning centers, implemented.”

Phil Young, of Urban Futures, said: “The academy will provide a framework for all elements of recruitment, training and skill 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.”

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