Business Forum

At Consett Acadmey we have strong links with the local businesses to support the progress of students.

Visiting speakers

We have a wide range of employers who visit the academy to speak to students about the careers within their businesses and the routes to get there. Some of these are through our work at work seminars and have included business such as Nestle, Heck and Carillion. Business, such as Accenture, have come to talk to students in assembly about the opportunities available. Elddis Transport talked to students during an Inspire Day about careers in logistics, opening students eyes to a carer few of them had thought about.

Curriculum support

The local businesses are also supporting the curriculum teaching of a wide range of subjects. Hays Travel works very closely with our Travel and Tourism teachers and students helping them with real life examples of their course. Pets as Therapy support our younger students in their reading by bringing in Bella, a border terrier, to listen to students read. B&Q have support the PAL students with a generous donation of plants for the Academy garden from the local store. Go Ahead Training and Opencast Software are supporting the students Computer Science learning with their robotic workshops and coding club. Leisure Works offered students the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sports supported by local sports clubs.


Our links with businesses as expanded the opportunities students can engage in. Business Durham support the Future Business Magnets project, developing students enterprise skills. ESH give all year 10 students to opportunity to participate in the Building Skills Project developing their understanding of the work of work. The Caterpillar Business Enterprise Challenge is supported by the Stadium of Light giving students to opportunity to work as a team, developing business skills. The Engineering Development Trust has provided workshops designed to engage students in STEM activities with over 200 students participating in these.


Some of our Year 8 students participate in a mentoring scheme designed to get girls into science. This is led by RTC North and Accenture. New College Durham Trust has supported our year 11 students with their decisions about courses for post 16. Nissan supported some of girls in applying for apprenticeships at the plant, offering students mock interviews and a workshop at Sunderland.

Careers Fair

Our annual Careers Fair is designed to offer students and parents the opportunity to interact and engage with a wide range of businesses. The support from local businesses has always been the key to this successful event.

Professional development for staff

It is not just our students who learn from businesses and employers, but our staff as well. NUSTEM have lead workshops on how to teach careers education within lesson time and Amazing Apprenticeships have ensure that staff are up to date with the changes to apprenticeships and are best prepared to support students in this pathway.

If any business would like to help support our students, please contact Mr Crowder


carillion      Dyer engineering         leisureworkslions

 scs        rotary         safc foundation

tescoSTEMNet         mellors

john muir