Business Forum

Business Forum

Consett Academy Business Forum is developing quickly in connecting stakeholders of the Academy with the local Business community.

As well as on-going longstanding relationships with, for example, the SAFC  Foundation, the HAGGRID project, Derwentside Housing, Rotary Club, Lions Club,  Mellors Catering and Carillion PLC we have collaborated in 2015 with RTC North, Mindfulness, X-PT Personal Training, Groundworks and Perspective on behalf of our students and other stakeholders.

Please contact Mike Stokoe, Assistant Principal, if you feel you would like to get involved

Meeting Schedule remaining for 2015 – 16




Careers Fair - 4.2.16

Following our hugely successful inaugural event last year the Business Forum team worked hard to ensure that the second Careers Fair was once again an invigorating, enjoyable and informative event for all our Year 10 cohort. Many local businesses were invited to participate, local firms supporting our local young people!

We spread our wings a little this year too in that parents also got involved and are came in to talk about their jobs, their experiences in the workplace and those key skills required for success.

Following the highly successful event on 4.2.16, Business Durham worked with The Journal to produce a Let's work Together Publication. Please follow this link to the editorial published.

Student Breakfast Seminars

After Michael Rutherford, Project Manager for Carillion gave insight into exactly how our new build was actually conceived (we all enjoyed seeing a five minute timeslip video of the whole two year build – how time flies!!) we were delighted to host an event by Pat Glass MP who had to answer some hard-hitting questions from students about local, national and international policy. Pat was very impressed with how knowledgeable and how well-adjusted our students were when discussing UK politics. More detail about the information given and questions asked can be found here.

We are looking forward to the 5th Breakfast Seminar on Thursday 21st April when our special guest is Dean Richards, former England and British& Irish Lions rugby union player. He had a long playing career with Leicester Tigers, and played forty eight times for England and six times for the British & Irish Lions. He is currently Newcastle Falcons Director of Rugby.

8th December 2015 - The second Student Breakfast Seminar took place last week at the Academy. Guest speaker Jane Davis, who is Headteacher at Lanchester EP Primary School, spoke at length about her career and the skills and dedication required to work in primary education. She also gave students an insight into the differences between primary and secondary teaching jobs and the extra-curricular activity that takes place outside classroom lessons. Jane has kindly offered the students a chance to see the job for themselves through work experience at the EP school.

The students said…….

Favourite part of the presentation

“Learning about what it takes to be a primary school teacher and how different it is to being a secondary school teacher.”

“I enjoyed how she told us the difference between primary and secondary”

“The whole presentation was very enjoyable and helpful and it was interesting to hear a personal experience”

Surprises and new learning

“How much commitment is needed to be a teacher and the type of personalities that would be needed to be a good teacher”

“I didn’t expect that teaching would be such a big part of your life”

“How much effort is required in teaching”

“The variety of activities completed outside school time”

The next Student Breakfast seminar takes place on Thursday 21st January 2016 when Michael Rutherford, Carillion Project Manager talks to students about his career and how he has ended up building our Academy!

On Friday 13th November the first Student Breakfast Seminar took place. Mirza Hassan, a GP who lives in Consett, spoke to an invited group of students aged between 15-17 about the role of a GP and the wider options available in the medical industry. Mirza pitched his presentation really well from our excellent mini-lecture theatre.  He took some hard hitting questions from the students who were a credit to Consett Academy and the Business Forum team. All this after a breakfast in the atrium courtesy of our Principal, Mr Reynolds.

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Mind you Mirza must have a very strange opinion of Consett Academy as he was greeted by students in fancy dress asking for his money and the staff he met were in school uniform! I did explain that it was Children in Need day (to his relief I expect) where over £3200 was raised by our Academy staff and students. Mirza said "Great turnout of enthusiastic students who are keen to explore about industry and for me an opportunity to be able to share what I have experienced as a university student and also working as a doctor. I will definitely return again to offer my services to help with careers advice."

The students said:-

  • “my favourite part was being able to ask questions we wouldn’t normally be able to”, “my favourite part was finding out how to get onto the course”
  • “my favourite part was finding out what Mirza enjoys about his job and how he got there”
  • “I was surprised with the amount of money that I could potentially earn”
  • “I was surprised how different the earnings were between people who worked in medicine and other professions, and even just between different types of doctors”
  • “I was surprised how long the university course is”

The second Student Breakfast Seminar will take place on Tuesday 8th December 8.00-9.00 a.m. where the special guest will be Mrs. Jane Davis, Headteacher of Lanchester EP Primary School. Jane will talk to students interested in a career in teaching, both in general terms and specifically towards the skills required for success in the primary school sector.

To get involved or for more information about the Consett Academy Business Forum please email Assistant Principal, Mike Stokoe or telephone 01207 507001.

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