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London Stansted Airport supports education providers and in 2012 the airport donated £89,514 to 14 educational projects. Below are examples of recent support and how we support school visits.

Examples of Recent Support

Community Learning Village at Alec Hunter Humanities College

£10,000 donated to this facility that supports the local community of East Braintree and specialises in delivering numeracy, literacy, parenting and employment skills courses. The Learning Village also offers ICT literacy courses and ICT training for local businesses and can also be booked by local groups from Taekwondo and dance groups to local history groups and business.

‘Keep Stansted Tidy’ campaign

Students were invited to design artwork to support the airports ‘Keep Stansted Tidy’ campaign that aimed to keep the airport and terminal spick and span ahead of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Three young artists from Alec Hunter Humanities College had their artwork displayed and the designs were exhibited throughout the summer in the terminal, coach station, car parks and inside transfer buses.

Hamish Birley, Assistant Headteacher from Alec Hunter Humanities College, said:

Alec Hunter Humanities College

“We were delighted to be invited to Stansted to celebrate the fantastic achievements of the three girls. Their artwork looked stunning, and they were shocked and delighted to see their artwork displayed on the 30 foot high electronic flight information boards. It is great that their artistic talents can be appreciated by so many people and it is very rewarding to think that their work will contribute to visitors to the UK being more litter conscience.”

The three winning students also presented with an iPod by airport cleaning company ISS and were taken on an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Airport’s fire service.

Project Destinations

In 2012 the Stansted Community Fund donated £50,000 to ‘Project Destinations’. The scheme supports the employability of young people in West Essex through a partnership approach with other local organisations and offers information, advice and guidance for careers linked to the regional economy and in particular employment within the aviation sector.

It is anticipated that over 20,000 young people from the local area will benefit from this project. 

Jon O’Connor, Destinations CEO, said:

Destinations CEO

“We’re really delighted to have the support of the Stansted 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.” 

MP for Harlow, Robert Halfon said:

MP for Harlow, Robert Halfon

“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 project Destinations continues to influence the strategic work of a number of organisations including Science Alive ( a learning charity) and Braintree Foyer in supporting young people facing significant challenges.

Science Alive

In the six months following the project launch the Science Alive team has:

Distributed information packs to some 250 schools (with around 100,000 pupils) to raise the profile of careers education, guidance and learning opportunities

Delivered 13 off-site STEM related events with access to approx. 1000 pupils

Delivered 23 on-site workshops for approx. 638 pupils.

Developed resource materials for primary-secondary transition careers workshops

Developed the Big Wide World role model workshops for use with primary schools

Worked closely with West Essex primary Heads to develop new learning programmes

Recruited 23 volunteers to support Destinations activities and learner workshops

Responded to various specific enquiries from schools and other partner organisations and signposted these to other providers and stakeholders, for example Young Concern Trust

Supported a number of local careers fairs and school careers activities

Prepared a plan for 2013 to release further information to schools; extend the range of workshops and explore further links with industry and educational partners

Braintree Foyer

In the six months following the project launch the Braintree Foyer team has:

  • Provided supported accommodation to homeless, young people aged 16 to 25 year
  • Provided guidance to help them into education, employment and independence through a programme of training and support.
  • Focused on developing the interest of young people in securing qualifications and improving low self-esteem.
  • Reducing the significant risk for many of these individuals of not being able to realise their potential or become economically active within their communities.
  • Some key achievements for these more vulnerable young people, during the first six months of the Destinations project at Braintree Foyer have included:
  • 63 young people supported within a structured programme of employability activities (CV writing, career planning, employer talks, visits, skills qualifications, etc)
  • 26 young people supported into full employment, part-time work or voluntary work
  • 13 young people placed onto appropriate courses at a further education college or other work based training provider

13 young people passed the Food Safety Level 2 8 young people passed Emergency First Aid at Work qualification

20 young people achieving qualifications in Literacy or Numeracy at Level 1 or 2

In addition:

4 visits have been arranged to Stansted airport (with Stansted Employment & Skills Academy)

38 career interview sessions have taken place

2 food safety teaching sessions have been organised

First Aid teaching session has been completed

School visits

 Braintree Foyer

We have continued to support local schools and colleges and in 2012 we have facilitated 27 visits to the airport from the local schools and colleges. In total 480 school children and young people visited the airport in 2012.

Rebecca Tovey, Lecturer in Travel Tourism Business Studies at Chelmsford College

“The students were absolutely buzzing on the coach home from their day at Stansted Airport.I can’t thank enough for such a Great Training Day (yet again)”.

If your school would like to arrange a landside tour of the terminal or would like to find out more about our community support please email

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