Friday, April 28th, 2017.

Excelsior students soaking up advice from industry leaders

More than 1,200 pupils learned about the wealth of job opportunities available to them at a careers fair linking them directly to employers.

The CEIAG Inspiration Day embedded careers into the school curriculum for pupils across Excelsior Academy, from Rainbird Primary through to the Sixth Form College.

Assistant Principal Deon Krishnan and his team played host to nearly 60 organisations and providers who set up stalls across the school, talking with scores of pupils interested in learning more about the careers options open to them.

The Army, Barclays, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Bond Dickinson and YMCA North Tyneside were just some of the big name organisations who gave their time and expertise to shed light on fantastic career opportunities.

Northumbria University held transition talks with all Key Stage 4 learners which outlined the further education options available to them.

Over 200 Year 9 pupils took part in an innovative careers speed dating session led by John Riddell from Business in the Community.

Pupils were face-to-face with industry professionals and able to get direct answers to their questions in seven minute sessions with organisations such as the Royal Air Force, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and HMRC.

A policeman, nurse, professional artist (singer) and Harley Davidson mechanic led sessions with Rainbird primary pupils about the world of work – the children grabbing the chance to sit on stunning motorbikes brought especially into the classroom.

They learned about the human anatomy through 3D models and through singing.

The youngsters also took the opportunity to dress up in the attire of their dream job.

Mr Krishnan said: “There was a good buzz around the academy with all the activities going on.

“The CEIAG team and staff did an amazing job in highlighting future career options for our learners, not just through external providers but also during curriculum time whereby a careers theme underpinned every lesson that went on at Excelsior Academy.

“We are a Gatsby Pilot school and today was a fine example of how committed our governors and senior staff are regarding creating ‘real world’ learning opportunities for all at Excelsior.”