Employment Minister Priti Patel helps launch apprenticeship courses at Stansted Airport

Priti Patel MP at Stansted Airport.

Priti Patel MP at Stansted Airport. - Credit: Archant

A range of training and apprenticeship courses were unveiled at Stansted Airport today (March 18) by Employment Minister Priti Patel.

Priti Patel MP at Stansted Airport.

Priti Patel MP at Stansted Airport. - Credit: Archant

The MP for nearby Witham was on hand to launch the scheme, run by Stansted’s Employment and Skills Academy, which hopes to boost the number of apprentices at the airport, with particular focus on retail, customer service and business administration.

Ms Patel, who also spoke to apprentices and former jobseekers who have roles at the airport, said: “Apprenticeships are essential to support employers, boost skills and help our economy prosper in the years to come. That is why we’ve pledged to create three million more by 2020.

“Stansted has done a huge amount of work in this area by creating its own on-site academy where people can sign-up for apprenticeships and training, with the possibility of a job offer at the end of it. This is fantastic news for local skills and employment.”

Chris Wiggan, Stansted’s head of external relations who hosted the event, added: “We were absolutely delighted to welcome the minister to Stansted and have the chance to showcase the training and employment opportunities available at the airport. The minister has been a great supporter of Stansted, particularly our employment initiatives for young people, as well as supporting the case for much needed investment in rail and road infrastructure across the region.


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“We’re committed to increasing the number of apprentices and are keen to encourage our on-airport business partners to make the most of the training programmes available at the airport’s Employment and Skills Academy.”

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