Thursday, December 7th, 2017.

Excelsior Academy with Virgin Trains and BITC - part of its enterprise advisors network

Excelsior Academy’s Craig Taylor, Deon Krishnan and Andrea Naylor with Michelle Dickinson and Craig McNally of Virgin Trains and John Riddell of BITC 

Excelsior students are learning about the world of work from one of the biggest names in UK business and a business network backed by the Prince of Wales.

Virgin Trains and Business in the Community (BITC) are business enterprise advisors to Excelsior Academy, helping develop career opportunities for students.

Virgin Trains staff will run information sessions and workshops detailing the job opportunities they have at Excelsior’s next Inspiration Day in January.

BITC will also play a key role at the CEIAG-focused Inspiration Day – hosting mock interviews for students and speed dating with businesses to give them a greater understanding of the pressurised environment of a real job interview.

BITC is the Prince’s Responsible Business Network, one of the Prince’s Charities – a group of not-for-profit organisations of which the Prince of Wales is president.

As one of The Prince’s Charities, it works alongside other charities in the group to promote the unique role responsible business has in creating a fairer society and a more sustainable future.

Virgin Trains will also offer student incentives as part of their partnership with Excelsior, rewarding outstanding performance.

Excelsior students have travelled to work with Virgin Trains at their STEM-themed workshops in York – a partnership which will grow even more in the run up to Christmas.

“Excelsior is supporting Virgin Trains in the partnership by taking our school choir to sing at Newcastle Central Station on December 20th,” said Deon Krishnan, Assistant Principal of Excelsior College.

“We will also take the opportunity to turn that into a work experience session after the singing when they will take students onto the platforms where they can make announcements to passengers and show our students the various job opportunities within Virgin Trains at the station.

“On December 9th we will also be involved in their Charter Train singing all the way down to London. We have 20 students on board with one of their parents who will have a day in London before we travel back home later that day.”

Excelsior’s enterprise advisor network reaches out to include Ruth Plummer, Professor of Experimental Cancer Medicine at Newcastle University, who arranged a full day for 60 students to meet a team of medical professionals at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Doctors will also attend the CEIAG Inspiration Day to speak with students about the wealth of career options in the NHS.

Deon added: “Our enterprise advisors network is all about having professionals show our students the careers and the opportunities that are out there for them.”

Jennie Pitt, People Engagement & Corporate Responsibility Manager for Virgin Trains on its East coast route, said: “We really value our role as a business advisor with Excelsior Academy, and working with the students to promote work and business skills.

“The rail industry provides many fantastic career opportunities, and we’re looking forward to some of the students joining us on-board our Christmas charity train on Saturday where they’ll be able to experience working with our customers first hand.”