Tuesday, October 15, 2013

News: New Business and Enterprise centre at Maltby Academy

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Staff and students are moving into the new Business and Enterprise centre at Maltby Academy in Rotherham.

The centre is one of two new buildings as part of a £10.9m construction programme undertaken by BAM Construction that also includes refreshing, remodelling and refurbishing other parts of the academy's estate.

At the heart of the new campus, the "academy ready for business" will offer a variety of corporate, open plan and cellular business centre-style spaces and bring together learning centres, classrooms, IT suites and seminar and conference areas.

David Sutton, principal at Maltby Academy, said: "It is particularly pleasing to see the vision become a reality.

"On seeing the new spaces for the first time, students have commented on how the central staircase and feature wall in reception were just as they visualized from the photographs. Everyone entering the new building is "wowed" by the impressive and modern looking spaces."

Rotherham-based education technology specialists, U-Explore is the lead sponsor of Maltby Academy, which is home to 1,200 students. Enterprising learning is central to the ethos of the academy, enabling students to be "qualified" to confidently enter the world of work with not only the necessary qualifications to succeed, but also an understanding of how to apply themselves in work and life.

Sutton added: "At Maltby Academy we are determined to address the employment gap by equipping our young people with the skills, attitudes and behaviours that will make them "work ready" in the future.

"Our curriculum provides a relevance and context to the specialist learning in key stages 4 and 5 and links with business and employers at appropriate points. In some curriculum areas the learning is enriched by a work experience placement or a visit to a particular employment sector. Every year the likes of Shell, BP, Tata Steel and Brinsworth Engineering support the Rotherham Science/Technology days held across the borough. This promotes learning in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects in the town and secondary students from across all Rotherham schools participate in a range of events aimed at promoting interest in STEM subjects.

"For each of the companies involved this is a good chance to engage with schools and to show the potential career opportunities available. Personally, I feel that business has a responsibility to do this. If companies have a much more informed group of young people coming through the recruitment process they stand to benefit."

Maltby Academy and Academy Sixth Form are hosting "An Evening with Employers" on Monday October 21, 6.00pm - 7.00pm. The "work inspiration" evening brings together local employers, Higher Education providers, with current and past students from the Health and Social Care, Sport, IT, Hair, Beauty and Construction sectors to talk about the range of local job opportunities that are available and routes into the profession.

Maltby Academy website

Images: BAM Construction

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