Local MP, Jo Johnson, has welcomed the news that the planned Aerospace and Aviation College at Biggin Hill Airport will become a reality. The announcement from London and South East Colleges (LSEC) means that young people in Orpington and the South East will have the opportunity to make up the next generation of aircraft engineers.
Jo said: ‘It is fantastic news that the college will be delivered. This project will produce skills and opportunities for Orpington, while also increasing local employment. This vital project, which has been achieved through the collaboration of industry partners including LSEC, Biggin Hill Airport and Bromley Council, will help the country address the chronic shortage of aerospace engineers and the wider skills desperately needed by our aviation industry.’
This £11 million investment at Biggin Hill Airport, which is to be called the London Aerospace & Technology College will see the establishment of a state-of-the-art facility offering a varity of training in mechanical, electronic and service engineering.
Chair of London South East Colleges, Stephen Howlett, said: ‘Young people in Bromley and further afield will benefit from first-class industry training, helping to develop the next generation of aircraft engineers and technicians. This will provide tangible and exciting career pathways, while supporting the region’s economic development and growth.’
Further information on the project is available on the LSEC website: http://www.lsec.ac.uk/news/1752-take-off-for-new-aviation-college-at-london-biggin-hill-airport
Photograph shows Jo Johnson MP with Sam Parett OBE, Principal and CEO of London South East Colleges & London South East Academies.