Biggin Hill Airport has received the go-ahead for its ambitious £12m Aerospace and Technology College with funding from the Greater London Authority.
The new college will train the next generation of mechanical, electronic and service engineers as well as technicians and ground crew professionals.
Jules Pipe, London’s deputy mayor for planning, regeneration and skills said, “The Mayor and I are committed to helping Londoners gain the skills that the capital’s businesses need. It’s vital that we tackle the skills gap in the aviation industry and the London Aerospace and Technology College at Biggin Hill Airport will help keep London at the cutting edge of aviation technology.”
Biggin Hill Airport first proposed the college three years ago, as part of its overall plan to develop the airport as a business aviation centre.
Andrew Walters, chairman of the airport, said, “We’ve been working closely with the Greater London Authority, the London Borough of Bromley, and London South East Colleges to create a state-of-the-art facility that will give students unique insight into their future careers by training on site at the airport.
“As the fastest growing business aviation airport in the Europe, our focus is on inspiring and training the aerospace industry professionals of tomorrow and we’re delighted that with this investment, our vision can now take flight.”