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Orpington MP Jo Johnson welcomes plans for Aerospace and Aviation college at Biggin Hill

PUBLISHED: 16:30 08 February 2018

Jo Johnson MP with Sam Parett OBE, Principal and CEO of London South East Colleges & London South East Academies. Picture: Office of Jo Johnson MP

Jo Johnson MP with Sam Parett OBE, Principal and CEO of London South East Colleges & London South East Academies. Picture: Office of Jo Johnson MP

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Orpington MP Jo Johnson has welcomed the news that plans for a pioneering £11 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.

Largely funded by the Grwater London Authority (GLA), the new college will help address the huge skills gap that the aviation industry is facing, by providing first-class technical training for the next generation of engineers, technicians and ground crew.

Due to open in September 2019, it will offer around 250 places for students, expanding to over 650 by 2012/22.

A range of technical specialities will be covered, including routes into Aerospace Engineering.

Other aviation pathways will also be on offer for progression into a broad range of jobs on the ground, including cabin crew and aviation operations.

MP Mr Johnson 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.”

The £11m investment, which is to be called the London Aerospace & Technology College, will see the establishment of a state-of-the-art facility offering a variety of training in mechanical, electronic and service engineering.

Stephen Howlett, chair of LSEC, 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 at http://www.lsec.ac.uk/news/1752-take-off-for-new-aviation-college-at-london-biggin-hill-airport.

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