More than 800 hopefuls vie for 400 jobs at Stansted Airport
More than 800 jobseekers attended Stansted Airport's 2019 employment fair as companies look to fill 400 vacancies this winter.
Dozens of airport firms were on hand to showcase a range of roles from cabin crew to senior management positions.
Employers represented at the forum at the Radisson Blu hotel included Jet2.com, Ryanair, Swissport, World Duty Free, Blue Handling, Titan Airways, FedEx, UK Border Force, Essex Police, Hilton Hotel and Stansted owner MAG (Manchester Airports Group).
Vesela Ivanova, Stansted Airport's employment and skills manager, said: "Our jobs fairs are about showcasing the exciting range of high-flying career opportunities on offer to jobseekers, both local to the airport and from further afield.
"We currently have a great choice of positions available across many of the 200 companies that are based at the airport. Roles include customer service agents, cabin crew, baggage handlers, cargo officers, drivers and security officers.
"There are also apprenticeship schemes as well as senior managerial positions, plus full-time and part-time positions that can fit around employees' commitments outside work, such as childcare and university or college."
Thanks to the Stansted Airport Employment and Skills Academy, nearly 1,000 people have secured jobs at the airport in the last year.
The record employment success is the key highlight of Stansted's latest corporate social responsibility (CSR) report, which outlines its progress in managing its environmental, economic and social performances over the last 12 months.
It also gives details of how the airport – which is the biggest single-site employer in the East of England – approaches corporate responsibility and of its successful partnerships with community groups, schools and colleges, the public sector and environmental stakeholders.
In addition to the success in helping jobseekers find work, the report showcases the continuing attraction of the airport's Aerozone Education Centre, which has now welcomed 16,000 young people, and Stansted Airport College, which opened last year as the first purpose-built further education college at a UK airport and is already operating at its 500-student capacity.
The college recently unveiled concept designs for a phase two development to meet rising demand and create a dedicated education zone on the site, bringing together the college, Aerozone and employment and skills academy.
Stansted Airport chief executive Ken O'Toole said: "Over the past year, London Stansted has continued to thrive and grow, with record numbers of passengers passing through our terminal.
"The presence, size and nature of our business makes us a significant part of our communities, and we take this responsibility extremely seriously. I'm very proud that as we evolve, our approach to CSR and our communities remains at the very heart of everything we do.
"As we look to the year ahead, we are more determined than ever to ensure that the benefits of our success are shared with our neighbours and with all those whose lives and businesses are connected to us."
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