Friday, January 12th, 2018.

Excelsior Academy CEIAG event

Rainbird Primary pupils with Northumbria University staff at Excelsior’s CEIAG careers fair

Speed dating, practice interviews, a careers fair, Higher Education opportunities and life skills advice.

A wealth of guidance distilled down into a packed CEIAG event at Excelsior Academy underpinned by the expertise of some of Britain’s finest companies and organisations.

Hundreds of pupils from Rainbird Primary Academy through to Excelsior’s Sixth Form College seized the opportunity to quiz and learn from those who have hit the heights in their respective organisations.

The careers education, information, advice and guidance event is the showcase for Excelsior Academy’s comprehensive programme of support to help its students achieve their career of choice.

Whether it’s going to university or securing an apprenticeship, the academy aims to make sure every student is given the best possible chance to pursue their dream.

Representatives from organisations such as Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland Universities, the NHS, Barclays Life Skills, the Army, RAF, Eversheds Sutherland, Northumbrian Water and MediaWorks, to name but a few, told pupils of their career paths and the opportunities to follow in their footsteps.

Excelsior College Assistant Principal Deon Krishnan and Andrea Naylor, Excelsior CEIAG and Work Experience Co-ordinator, led the event for the academy, staged with the support of Virgin Trains and the Prince of Wales’ Business in the Community (BITC) charity.

John Riddell, Education Manager for BITC, led the business speed dating sessions for pupils – who spent five minutes learning with an organisation, before making their way onto the next company for more information.

“We have lots of different organisations who have come along to kindly give their time to talk with the young people about their jobs journey, their career path and what matters to them,” he said.

“The pupils will get messages which reinforce what they hear in school, about attendance, behaviour and aspiration and also hear one or two inspiring things that will really stick in their minds and help them to do their best.”

Entrepreneur Onyi Anyado travelled from London to represent the Transformation Trust education charity with a powerful message of how financial knowledge can help young people making their way into the world of work.

“I’ll be teaching students about money management and money skills, really challenging the students about bank accounts, saving, about the essence of all things money skills, because once they have left school, it is a big wide world out there,” said Onyi.

“I’m very excited, they are very eager and I know it’s going to be a day of excellent feedback.”

For more information on Excelsior’s careers education, information, advice and guidance strategy, please go to