At the Academy, we are continuing to grow and develop our guidance and support for students in selecting the correct career progression for them. We endeavour to inspire, inform and offer students real life related experiences, to ensure they have the wealth of information needed to begin to plan their future. Students attend careers shows, have career meetings with the Careers Service, complete career based activities as part of PSHE and have a variety of guest speakers and providers coming to the Academy to speak to them. Students in Year 10 also complete a Work Experience placement in the Summer term. As part of developing links with the real world, we have been working closely with the Staffordshire Business Class Network, and are pleased to say that our Business link is Lucideon.

Lucideon is an international, independent materials technology company that applies its materials expertise in ceramics, metals and polymers to a range of sectors including healthcare, construction, ceramics, aerospace, nuclear and power generation. At their laboratories in Penkhull, they employ scientific specialists in Chemistry, Physics, Material Sciences, Engineering and many other disciplines. There are also opportunities in Sales, Marketing, Accounts, and Administration.

Lucideon say: “It’s hard to find the skilled scientists we need and we often have to recruit from outside the local area and even overseas. In our collaborations with Excel Academy we hope to inspire local students to consider a career in science by showing them the variety of work we get involved with and the enormous satisfaction our people get from their work. We also hope to encourage schools to promote STEM subjects and the many career opportunities they afford.”

Lucideon work closely with the Academy’s Science department to support testing for Year 10 coursework. They also provide us with mentoring of Able and Talented students and we have big plans this year for various staff to come and support our PSHE days with activities such as ‘Guess my Job’ and in December, ten Year 10 students will be participating in a Race Car Challenge at the Britannia Stadium.

If any students would like to know more about projects like this or would like to do work experience in an industry like this we can help set this up.

Over the next 6 months, I will be developing student career pathways from Year 7-13 and eventually developing each child with a ‘Learning2Earning’ Passport as they progress through the Academy.

If you have any career queries or need some advice please contact me at the Academy on kknight3@excelacademy.info