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Stansted’s £50,000 Boost For Youth Jobseeker Scheme

17 Apr 2012

With youth unemployment at record levels, Stansted Airport has thrown its support behind an initiative that gives youngsters in Essex a helping hand onto the career ladder.

The Stansted Community Fund, part of the BAA Communities Trust, has donated a whopping £50,000 to the ‘Destinations’ project after it was judged the latest winner of the airport’s prestigious community challenge. The scheme will work with schools and organisations in Harlow and Braintree, helping young people with their career choices and aspirations in a time when youth unemployment is at an all-time high.

Jon O’Connor, Destinations CEO, said:

“We’re really delighted to have the support of the Stansted Airport Community Fund for the ‘Destinations’ project. The partnership approach seems to us to be the only way to address some of the tough issues on life choices that our facing our next generation. Science Alive, the Braintree Foyer and our other partners see the Destinations project as a chance to contribute to providing young people and local schools with great experiences, good advice and new solutions for some of these issues.”

In 2009, Stansted supported ‘Destinations’ sister project, Science Alive, with another donation of £50,000.  Speaking about both projects, MP for Harlow, Robert Halfon said:

“Science Alive is one of the most remarkable exhibitions across the East of England.  Harlow is a town of scientific excellence in industry and commerce and Science Alive brings this to the next generation.  I am very grateful to Stansted Airport for their work in the community and supporting the latest venture, entitled Destinations, and helping to make Science Alive such a success.”

The judging panel, which included representatives from the local community, studied a wide range of bids before choosing ‘Destinations’ as the winner.  The successful project needed to demonstrate a link to education, the environment or employment and bring a lasting benefit for many people in the communities surrounding the airport.

Chris Wiggan, Stansted Airport’s Head of Public Affairs, said:

“Destinations is an exciting and unique initiative that will help young people in Harlow, Braintree and across West Essex achieve their career aspirations.  The BAA Communities Trust and Stansted Airport are delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile cause at a time when over a million young people are unable to find work and funding for youth and careers services continues to be slashed.”

An official launch will take place on April 20 bringing together sponsors, the management team, local partners and community representatives. The initial programme of ‘Destinations’ activities will be announced and the first issue of an ideas and advice magazine for schools will also be published at the event.

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