Aerozone Stansted, the airport’s new education centre designed to inspire young people, officially opens its doors today (June 10). The £500,000 learning hub, MAG’s (Manchester Airports 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 rich history and show visitors the range of exciting careers that are available in aviation. The airport aims to attract over 5,000 youngsters to the centre by 2016.
Speaking ahead of the grand opening, Andrew Harrison, Stansted Airport’s Managing Director, 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.”
Over 150 community representatives, local councillors, business representatives, local school children and special guest, Tottenham Hotspur legend, Ledley King from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation will gather at the Aerozone today to mark the official opening. Almost 20 separate businesses and organisations have joined forces with the airport and are supporting the Aerozone project, offering sponsorship and materials to equip the centre including Boeing and Essex County Council.
Sir Michael Arthur, president of Boeing and Ireland, said:
“As a growing aerospace company Boeing has an increasing need for engineers. Educational facilities like the Stansted Aerozone play an important role in inspiring young people at an early stage to study STEM subjects and take an interest in aviation. Boeing is a proud supporter of the Aerozone and we will work together to ensure as many schools and students as possible benefit from its facilities.”
Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said:
“I am confident that this new facility will be well-used by schools across Essex and further afield. How better to spark a child’s imagination than to develop their learning of STEM subjects related to the aviation industry, in a fantastic centre within sight of the Stansted runway. I know that Essex teachers, who always strive to add value to students’ learning at school, will find the Aerozone extremely beneficial.”
Also attending the event is David Williams, Area Director Business in the Community (BiTC), the award winning charity that supports responsible business.
“Business in the Community encourages all UK businesses to engage in education through high-quality school partnerships, supporting young people and promoting equality of opportunity. As a major employer in the region it’s great to see that Stansted Airport is making this investment to inspire young people and broaden their interest in STEM subjects,” said Mr Williams.
Take a look around our new Aerozone: https://youtu.be/pd4KjtTiaYg
The countdown continues, with just 8 days, 21 hours, 9 minutes and 40 seconds until lift off!
On Thursday 18th June 2015, from 10am – 4pm, the Diamond Hangar, London Stansted will see the return of Check-in @ Stansted – a business, travel and careers event.
The event now SOLD OUT with 70+ exhibitors all signed up to promote their businesses from within a unique and stunning venue – the hangar itself, this event is ready for take off. It’s FREE to attend, FREE to park and there is a FREE shuttle bus from the coach/bus station at the airport (Bays 38/39) to drop you outside the venue. You can register online at www.check-in-stansted.com or just turn up on the day. There will be entertainment and refreshments also available on the day.
The event organisers are committed to corporate social responsibility and have nominated The Dream Factory, a charity dedicated to making dreams come true to children and young adults living with a life-limiting or life-threatening conditions as the Charity of Choice for 2015. On the day, The Dream Factory will be running a raffle to help raise vital funds, prizes donated by various organisations including SACC Members.
In addition, the organisers are running a blind auction which is now OPEN, where you can bid to win a flight for 4 in a private plane including lunch, first class culinary training for 2 at On Air Dining (as recently seen on Channel 4's The Most Expensive Food in the World), 1 night’s stay at various hotels including breakfast and dinner packages, flights donated by EasyJet and Flybe, a fine hamper, afternoon tea, top class car valet and much more!
We look forward to seeing you there!
Countdown begins to Check-in @ Stansted - A Business, Travel and Careers Exhibition coming to Stansted this June
Next month, Thursday 18th June 2015, will see the return of Check-in @ Stansted, a business, travel and careers exhibition taking place within the hangar itself at the Diamond Hangar, London Stansted
Free to attend, latest exhibitors to sign up include Premier Travel, Costco Wholesale, Ryanair, Digital Pie Ltd, Cardinal Security, Price Bailey, Luckins Wine Store and TravelWorx.
Amongst the exhibitors, the event organisers are also offering small businesses the opportunity to exhibit for just £99+vat. This includes new start-ups and ‘one-man bands’. Amongst the takers are Saffron Apparel, Local Network Magazine, Your Perfect Travel and NX Professionals.
We are pleased to announce that we have today released a further SIX, so if you fit the criteria and would like to be part of this unique event - don't delay, sign up today!
Graeme Procter from Saffron Apparel Ltd said “As a small local business, it is important that we introduce ourselves and engage with other local businesses, existing and potential customers and the wider community based in and around Stansted. The opportunity to exhibit at Check-in @ Stansted in such a prestigious environment will enable us to display our products and services, meet new faces and to understand better how the wider Stansted Airport community works and what it requires from our business”.
Kim Wallis from the Local Network Magazine added “I am delighted to be involved in this year's Check-in @ Stansted event. It's our first time and we are looking forward to meeting lots of new companies and new contacts to promote our Local Network Magazine”.
Faye Brownjohn from NX Professionals followed “NX Professionals are proud to be a part of Check-in @ Stansted. We see this event as the perfect opportunity to spread our message to local businesses about the importance of health and well-being in the work place.
We are driven on developing a culture of health, working in partnership with businesses to establish strategies to improve long-term ‘corporate wellness’. We offer a range of services, including Employee Health MOT’s, Bespoke Corporate Days, Seminars and Workshops - and strive to motivate, educate and inspire individuals to make healthy lifestyle choices. Let NX Professionals help you to invest in your employees, educating them towards a healthy work-life balance, whilst your business enjoys the benefits e.g. reduced absenteeism, improved staff morale and employee retention”.
Entertainment for the day includes both a photo and video booth supplied by OMG Entertainments and an appearance from a celebrity lookalike (come along and see who it is on the day)! There's also a chance to win a Porsche for a day, get up close and personal with the private jets - tours throughout the day (just put your name down at Reception) take a close look at theAirport Fire and Rescue Service / Essex Police appliances and equipment, plus lots more...
Fun to be had and Business to be done in in one place in one day!
The event organisers are also finalising details of a blind auction in support of The Dream Factory Charity, a charity dedicated to making dreams come true for children and young adults with life limiting or life threatening illnesses (www.yourdreamfactory.org).
Prizes include; easyJet flights x 2, afternoon tea for two at the Down Hall. Culinary Training for 2 provided by On Air Dining, Prestbury Gift Hamper and 1 night stay for 4 including dinner a bottle of wine at the Hilton London Stansted, overnight accommodation and breakfast at the Radisson Blu and more information will be available shortly at www.check-in-stansted.com
This year’s seminars will be run by Ryanair, easyJet and the Stansted Skills Academy who will be focusing on business enhancements, routes and careers at the airport. The seminars are FREE to attend and you can register online.
There are limited stands now available so if you want to sign up to the ONLY exhibition taking place at Stansted Airport – now is the time. New business packages are £99 + vat, Gold packages are £395 + vat and Platinum packages are £495 + vat. Full information can be found online at www.check-in-stansted.com or contact Julie Budden
Remember, its FREE to visit on the day, pre-register at www.check-in-stansted.com
Stansted Mountfitchet is preparing itself to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta including a medieval fair and a tapestry depicting the history of the village.
A re-enactment of the historic signing of the Magna Cara will take place on June 15 at Stansted's Mountfitchet Castle carried out by students from the Joyce Frankland Academy in Newport.
Other celebrations include:
Embroidery unveiling supported by an exhibition of our Facsimile Magna Carta. The embroidery is our centrepiece, framed and displayed over three panels
800 miles in 800 years The Magna Carta bike ride
Medieval Fayre at Stansted Hall with displays of:
- Jousting in full costume
- Morris Dancers preceded by a pageant on horses
- Hog roast
- Themed crafts and displays from local schools
Book your tickets today! 01279 813636