Stansted Airport pledges to forge new links with Young Enterprise
Working with Hockerill Anglo-European College students Company Programme team
The interactive Stansted Airport Community Network provides links and advice to local firms about how they can join forces with the airport and “participate in a range of education, employment and volunteering projects to help make the local community a more vibrant place to live and work”.
Managing director Andrew Harrison, pictured, said: “At Stansted our values and what we stand for really matter and we recognise that for a modern business it is not just what we do but how we do it, and this is why we are setting up the community network.
“We are excited about the airport’s future and have an ambitious vision to be the best airport in London.
“We will continue to work closely with all stakeholders, particularly our local communities and businesses, to ensure they share the benefits of our success.
“Our sustainability programmes on education and employment contribute to the economic growth in our region and we’re increasingly integrating sustainability within all areas of our business.
“We’re rightly proud of what we have achieved so far and we recognise that continued success can only be realised by working in partnership with our business and community partners. The network will help us bring together the airport’s corporate responsibility initiatives and provide ideas on how business partners can get involved and give a little back to the community.”
The airport has already launched a mentoring programme with Forest Hall School in Stansted Mountfitchet where 11 senior staff have bi-weekly meetings with 11 GCSE students, discussing topics such as approaches to revision and exams, how to balance studies with a life outside school and help in considering next steps.
Stansted also offers business advice to a group of Hockerill Anglo-European College students in Stortford as they set up a firm for the Young Enterprise programme. Staff are helping the pupils form and run a company. Last year, 25 young people spent a week on work experience with Stansted owner MAG (Manchester Airports Group) at the airport.
The network offers information on how businesses can benefit from the support of the airport’s on-site Employment Academy plus advice on community volunteering schemes and work experience initiatives.
As the network grows the airport has promised to develop the website and share further information about distributing e-newsletters and details on how to advertise on the site.