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Pupils Wowed By Airport Visit

13 February 2009

Pupils from schools across Harlow enjoyed a fascinating insight into the workings of the UK's third busiest airport this week as part of a £50,000 work experience scheme.

The Stansted Insight Programme, sponsored by BAA Stansted and the Harlow Education and Employer Partnership (HEEP), gave nine students a behind the scenes look at some of the most exciting careers Stansted Airport has to offer.

Valda Edmunds, BAA community relations manager said:

"Stansted Airport is the biggest single site employer in the East of England and a wonderful place to work. We recognise that young people are the workforce of the future and this programme gives them real work experience and a great insight into the world of aviation.

"A great deal of our community activity is channelled towards supporting education schemes and we're continually looking to make the most of the links that exist between the airport and local schools."

The students first day included an airport safety course before spending the rest of the week understanding the various roles across the airport, including airfield operations, engineering, passenger services and retail.

Ellena Mould, HEEP Project Manager said:

"The young people were excellent ambassadors for their schools and Harlow - they are a credit to us all. I would also like to thank all the employers who participated, as without their generous support, this wouldn't be possible.

"This is still a pilot scheme for Harlow schools at the moment but we're hoping to roll the programme out to other schools in the area. We're looking at the possibility of having the Bishop's Stortford High School take part later in the year."