A NEW school could be created with Southend Airport to provide highly-skilled workers for the town’s growing aviation industry.
Southend Council is to work with Essex County Council to investigate setting up a “studio school” with Southend Airport to train 14 to 19-year-olds with the skills necessary for aviation engineering jobs and the wider aviation sector.
The airport, which will have created 800 new jobs since the Stobart Group bought it for £120million in 2008 by the time the new terminal extension is finished early next year, has backed the plan.
James Courtenay, Southend councillor responsible for children and learning, said: “If we can get enough employer support and pupils to make a studio school viable then I think it would be great.
“The more different types of education we can offer to our young people the better. It is certainly worth exploring and sitting down with future employers.
“The benefits to Southend are fairly self-evident; giving Southend people the right skills to get Southend-based jobs has got to be a good thing.”