Stansted Airport Academy offers free training courses for youngsters

STANSTED Airport’s Employment and Skills Academy is offering free places on a vocational training programme for young people aged 16-18 who are not in employment, education or training.

Students will study for The Award in Retail Knowledge which covers a range of subjects including retail, customer service and sales. The course will also involve modules on preparing for employment, working as part of a team, CV writing and interview techniques.

Manager of the Stansted Employment and Skills Academy Anita Garrard said: “This is one of the only courses of its kind in the area, so the course is a brilliant opportunity for young people wishing to gain a qualification and then maybe embark on a career within the airport retail industry or find work in their local area.

“Stansted Airport is the biggest single site employer in the East of England, with around 11,000 people working here. It’s a wonderful place to work and has many opportunities for young people looking for a rewarding career.”

Students from Essex, Suffolk and Hertfordshire will also receive a free �50 travel card for travel to and from the airport to attend the course.

Places on the four week courses, which run from Monday to Thursday throughout the summer, are limited. For more details, or to book a place, call 01279 661007, or e-mail