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Hundreds attend Jobs Fair at the Lane

Posted on 16 April 2015  - 10:15

Over 500 local job seekers attended the London Stansted Airport Jobs Fair held at White Hart Lane earlier this week, opening doors to more than 250 employment prospects.

Delivered in partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and the London Boroughs of Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forest, visitors to the Lane were able to access the variety of training and job opportunities on offer at the UK’s fastest growing airport.

In total, 30 airport companies including MAG, FED EX, World Duty Free, National Express and UPS were on-hand with details of current vacancies in the airport operation, from security to retail and catering to ground handling.

Good public transport links from Tottenham to the airport’s terminal make London Stansted a quick and affordable commute for London residents. Subsidised travel is available to all airport staff through the Airport’s Travelcard which provides significant savings on standard rail, bus and coach fares. For example, a monthly airport travel card from Tottenham Hale station costs just £92.

There are nearly 21 million passengers a year using Stansted and as the numbers continue to grow it is anticipated that hundreds more jobs will be created.

During the event, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s Employment and Skills team, which have to date created over 600 job opportunities for the local community through jobs fairs, apprenticeship schemes and partner initiatives, were offering guidance and support to those seeking help with CV writing and interview techniques.

Speaking at the event Marcella M’Rabety, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, London Stansted Airport, said: “We have been overwhelmed with interest from London residents for employment opportunities at Stansted. The airport’s Training and Skills Academy will be sorting through applications over the coming weeks and we look forward to seeing some of the faces we have seen here today at the airport in the future. The airport employs over 11,000 people and is an attractive and desirable location to work, either for people taking the first steps on the work ladder or looking for a new career direction.”

Grant Cornwell MBE, CEO, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said: “For a number of years we have been working with our partners, local authorities and the Department for Work and Pensions to deliver a range of employment opportunities to the local community. Hosting regular Jobs Fairs at White Hart Lane stadium has been a successful way of reaching out to young job seekers. We hope that attendees today have been inspired to seek one of the many career paths put in front of them today by Stansted.”

This is not the first time London Stansted Airport has worked with the Club and Foundation to support Haringey with education and employment opportunities. Recently, a major new business partnership was announced between London Stansted Airport and Tottenham University Technical College, where the airport is driving engineering innovation and asset management as part of the school’s new curriculum.

TUTC, the most innovative educational offer for 14- to 18-year-olds in North London, opened its doors to students in September, 2014. Formally opened by Lord Sugar, TUTC specialises in Science and Technology for Sport, Health and Engineering, and is backed by a further seven business partners which help shape its curriculum including, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, Middlesex University, Festo, National Instruments, Fusion, Mindsets and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.

With support of business partners like London Stansted Airport, students who study at TUTC are given unparalleled access to future employment. The business partnership with the airport is expected to help equip the next generation with the skills and experience required for a career within the aviation industry.

With guidance from TUTC teaching staff, experts from London Stansted Airport will help to develop a series of work-based projects to challenge and inspire students. Stansted Executives will deliver workshops and mentoring sessions that capture the imaginations of aspiring engineers and provide a real insight into the types of roles available within the growing aviation sector.

Tottenham UTC student, Ryan Nicholls, who attended the London Stansted Jobs Fair, said: “I found the Jobs Fair very informative. We spoke to a number of different employers who talked to us about the type of qualifications and skills needed to secure employment within their industry. They also talked to us about work experience and training opportunities available at the airport. With our school’s links to London Stansted, I hope that this will give me an advantage over my peers who may be interested in pursuing a career within this industry.”