Working with Businesses
Businesses help change young people’s lives
Can your business help inspire and develop our young people?
We are looking to form partnerships with businesses to help our students develop their skills, raise their aspirations and prepare for the world outside the school gates. Whether it is sharing expertise, inspiring students with a speaker from your organisation, providing valuable work experience or running a competition, there are lots of different ways you could help develop the next generation of business leaders and build successful working lives.
If you want to make a difference please contact: Jo Watts, Vice Principal Business and Community, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our mission statement at Ark Globe Academy is 'Preparing our students for university and to be leaders in their community' and everything that we do has this mission in mind. We developed a bespoke enrichment and careers exposure programme, designed to give every student at least one chance to have a meaningful face-to-face interaction with a professional, which has proven successful on every occasion.
Futures Week - Opening up exciting careers
One of the components of this programme is our Year 10 Futures Week, which gives our students access to a broad range of careers, opening up their minds to the industries available to them and connecting them with role models throughout the working world. The week involves workshops with professionals, workplace, cultural and university visits. Throughout the week there is a focus on professionalism and growth mindset.
At our termly Enrichment Days the whole secondary school freezes the regular timetable and students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of trips, specifically tailored workshops and talks by a range of professionals from industries such as sports, politics, media, construction, and finance. Each of the Enrichment Days is organised around a specific theme. The theme of the latest one was ‘Futures and Professionalism’.
Ark Globe’s Year 12 students visited a variety of government buildings and had discussions on the functions of Parliament and the Civil Service. Year 11 students focused on stress relief and mindfulness with seminars by expert organisations such as USO, particularly exploring techniques for managing stress and time pressure in exams. Year 10's had a session with UniHack, and developed a response to the EU referendum results, the Brexit process, and tackling cyber-bullying.
Other sessions at Ernst and Young with the EY Foundation and Brands2Life introduced Ark Globe’s students to the world of work, to employers, and the skills and attitudes employers are looking for.
The academy has strong partnerships with businesses and organisations such as Brands2Life, Wandle Housing Association, Lendlease, Fulham FC, London Marathon Events, Sports on Screen, and Arma Partners. These partners help the academy prepare students for work readiness as well as offering apprenticeship, internship, mentorship and work placement opportunities. Any encounter with the academy’s students, even via sharing experiences at a 30 minute talk has proven to make big differences in young people’s lives, as well as being extremely rewarding for the professionals.
Jesse McDonald of Wandle Housing Association, after leading a workshop with some of Ark Globe’s Year 9 students, said, “It’s been one of the most enjoyable and worthwhile projects I’ve been involved with.”
Alongside Futures Week and Enrichment Days we also run Ark Globe Academy Business Breakfast where we invite business leaders into the school to discuss the role business can play across education and employment. This iniative aims to create strong links with businesses to help inspire and prepare our students for their futures.