Designed to inspire young people to take an interest in aviation, the £500,000 learning hub, MAG’s (Manchester Airport Group) flagship community project at Stansted, aims to boost skills in STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and maths - to tell the story of the airport’s history and show visitors the range of exciting careers that are available in aviation.
Stansted Airport works with a number of schools and colleges, including TUTC, where it has been driving engineering innovation and asset management as part of the school’s curriculum.
In-turn, this is expected to help equip the next generation with the skills and experience required for a career within the aviation industry.
Through its partnership with Stansted, TUTC students were amongst the first to get a look inside the new Aerozone and took part in a range of activities promoting each individual to apply their skills of study to employment-based activities.
After cutting the ribbon and declaring the new facility ‘open’, Ledley was taken on a tour of the Aerozone, took part in a paper aeroplane competition with school children and visited the impressive viewing platform which boasts some of the best views of the airport’s runway.
Below: Ledley cuts the ribbon at the Aerozone
Speaking about the Aerozone, Ledley said: “It was an honour to open the centre. I’m sure it will bring a lot of benefits to the children who use it, especially as they can find out about the type of jobs available at the airport. It was only my first visit but I’ve managed to pick up a few interesting facts that I didn’t know about the aviation industry.”
Andrew Harrison, Managing Director of Stansted Aiport, said: “The Aerozone is our flagship community project here at Stansted and its opening represents a long-term commitment to our community.
"Engaging with young people, particularly those living in areas close to the airport, is a vital part of our community work.
"The aim of the centre is to inspire young people to consider the varied careers within aviation, focusing on the vital STEM subjects that generate real prospects for young people and open their eyes to the fantastic opportunities available on their doorstep.”