Education from Stansted Airport: Free Maths and English courses

A great new scheme is landing at Stansted Airport, provided by their Employment and Skills Academy, which is allowing free English and Maths courses in an attempt to allow airport employees, jobseekers and local residents to develop their skills.

The new ‘Functional Skills’ course will be open from entry level to Level 2 and aims to improve numeracy and literacy skills, as well as build confidence and motivation within the workplace for the future. The course is available to anyone, however it’s particularly aimed at current airport employees who may not have access to other free learning opportunities.
The course will be held in the dedicated Airport Employment Academy at Stansted, where participants can follow an individual programme. Academy members will only typically need to visit once every 2 weeks over a 12 week period.
Chief executive of London Stansted, Ken O’Toole, said the courses are “another great example” of how important it is for the airport to share the benefits of its business with the local community…This year we delivered our most successful ‘Meet the Buyers’ event to date, our on-site Employment and Skills Academy has placed 556 people into employment on-site, and we are very proud to have welcomed our 10,000th visitor to our education centre, the ‘Aerozone’,” he said.
“We have a very exciting year ahead, with our hotly anticipated on-site Stansted Airport College helping to bridge the current skills gap in STEM subjects, offering exciting career paths for local young people and providing a pipeline of future talent for the airport.”

The content of the course will be delivered by Harlow College and builds on the academy’s suite of existing training courses aimed at helping people find employment at Stansted Airport. There are no entry requirements for this course, however an assessment at the beginning will determine the level that the participant is entered at. Level 2 provides a qualification equivalent to a GCSE A*-C grade.

Commenting on the launch of the Functional Skills courses, Vesela Ivanova, Employment and Skills Manager at Stansted Airport Academy, said: “While our existing training opportunities are aimed at job-seekers hoping to boost their skills prior to applying for roles at London Stansted, these new Functional Skills courses are available to anyone who wants to improve their literacy or numeracy.
“Staff members already working in roles across the airport, or in other employment in the region, could benefit from developing their skills and we are excited to be able to build people’s confidence in these areas which can be useful in so many aspects of day-to-day life, as well as work.”
The first Functional Skills courses at the Stansted Airport Employment and Skills Academy will begin week commencing October 22.

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