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Employment And Skills Academy

The Stansted Airport Employment and Skills Academy, operated by Urban Futures in partnership with Stansted Airport, is an airport-based centre for recruitment, training and skills support.  The Academy provides a gateway for employers to access this support and for individuals to take advantage of employment opportunities.

In early 2012, Stansted Airport donated £50,000 to the Stansted Employment and Skills Academy, boosting total donations from the airport to £300,000.

The funding helps to build on the existing work of the Academy and to develop a wider range of services and outreach activities. This is part of a long term commitment by the airport to support the local employment and training opportunities available at the airport.

The Academy delivers a range of services including:

  • online listing of airport vacancies via its dedicated website www.stanstedairportacademy.com
  • walk-in facility for anyone seeking employment at Stansted
  • educational visits for primary, secondary and tertiary educational facilities
  • training support for airport employers and their staff
  • accredited pre-employment training for the unemployed.

The Stansted Airport Employment and Skills Academy hosted three job fairs in 2012 and the fairs enabled job seekers to meet with potential employers face to face, obtain careers advice and receive guidance about the application process for jobs at the airport. In 2012 alone the Academy helped to fill 485 vacancies across the airport.

In 2012, the Stansted Airport Employment and Skills Academy also held eight training courses which were attended by 100 candidates. The free vocational training programme is for young people who are not in employment, education or training. It covers a range of subjects including retail, customer service and sales, and involves modules on preparing for employment, working as part of a team, CV writing and interview techniques. Once complete the Academy team help students apply for the various roles across the airport.

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Photo – Anita Garrard with young people outside the Academy.

"This is one of the only courses of its kind in the area, so it’s a brilliant opportunity for young people wishing to gain a qualification and then maybe embark on a career within the airport industry."

Anita Garrard, manager of the Stansted Employment and Skills Academy

Stansted is an important local employer and the Airport’s Employment and Skills Academy is doing a tremendous job helping to get people the skills they need to find work.

Priti Patel - Witham MP


Case Study

Stansted Airport’s Employment and Skills Academy is committed to helping people get back to work. Ross Marsh, from Braintree recently took advantage if this valuable free service and now has a permanent job as a concierge at the airport’s HQ, Enterprise House.

Picture of Ross Marsh

Ross, 24, left the Coldstream Guards in 2011 after four years’ service which saw him tour Afghanistan. Back in the UK, he found the job market difficult and struggled to find employment but thanks to the Academy, Ross has made it back in to work. The turning point came in May 2012 when he was recommended by the Braintree Job Centre to enrol on the Academy’s free vocational training programme to help him retrain and find a job.

Ross has since been working for facility services provider ISS and thoroughly enjoys his new vocation. He really appreciates the help and support from the Academy team and the career development programme at ISS.

The free course at the Academy helped me in so many ways especially preparing me for the application process and giving me the confidence to apply for a job. I wasn’t having much luck getting a job on Civvy Street, but the course gave me a real lift.

Ross (24), Concierge at London Stansted

You can find out more information about the Stansted Airport Employment and Skills Academy and view current on-airport vacancies by visiting our Jobs section of this website

Download our Employment Strategy update document

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