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Jaguar Land Rover has announced a new partnership with a Birmingham secondary school to help give its students the best start as they prepare for their future careers.
The vehicle manufacturer, the largest in the UK, has launched the partnership with Erdington Academy, which is run by Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust (FMAT).
Jaguar Land Rover is a member of the Business In The Community (BITC) scheme, part of which involves companies focussing on helping school students make the most of their potential.
The partnership with Erdington Academy offers its students support and training at Jaguar Land Rover’s Castle Bromwich site in Chester Road, Birmingham.
Students will learn how to construct a strong job application, take part in a ‘buddy’ scheme within the manufacturing industry and learn about career opportunities at Jaguar Land Rover.
The Castle Bromwich site has supported careers fairs and hosted the school’s Senior Leadership Team on a tour of its facility to show them how the business constructs its plans and measures performance.
Students also got hands on with a Jaguar F-TYPE car, displayed during an official opening ceremony to celebrate Erdington Academy joining FMAT in September 2016.
FMAT had been providing school-to-school support to Erdington Academy since February 2015, which saw it being removed from special measures by education watchdog Ofsted in November 2015. Ofsted inspectors conducted a monitoring visit in April 2016 and found the school was on course to be rated ‘Good’ after having made rapid progress and improvement.
The partnership will see a reading programme launched to support students who have Englishas an Additional Language, while Jaguar Land Rover will also hold events at the school to raise awareness of its programmes such as ‘Young Women In The Know’ and its Advanced Apprenticeship scheme.
Gregg Niblett, Sports Car Facility manager at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to really engage with the community and help our schools and their students to make the most of their potential.
“We are the largest employer in the Castle Vale area which we believe is a hotbed of young talent and whether or not they choose a career in manufacturing or engineering, through our Business in the Community membership we’re proud to be able to offer our support.
“The story of the Erdington Academy’s turnaround in such a short time has been nothing short of inspirational in the way the teachers and pupils have worked together. We’re excited about being part of that drive which is certainly aligned with our own passion for excellence in building world class vehicles.”
Mark Rhatigan, Executive Head Teacher, said: “At Erdington Academy our focus is not only on improving academic standards, but it is also on delivering innovative initiatives to help focus their minds on their future and raise their aspirations.
“We are grateful to Jaguar Land Rover for opening the doors of their Castle Bromwich site to us and providing our students with an incredible experience and opportunities.
“The support from the wider community, including this partnership with Jaguar Land Rover,is instrumental in assisting Erdington Academy as we continue on our journey of transformation.”
Andy Bird, CEO of FMAT, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have formed this partnership with Jaguar Land Rover – a company that is undoubtedly one of the Midlands’ biggest manufacturing success stories.
“Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust’s aim is to prepare and equip each and every one of our students with the skills to succeed in the 21st Century, and this partnership is an excellent example of the work we do to create opportunities and broaden our students’ horizons.
“Ambition is one of the Trust’s five core values and we are confident that this partnership will prove inspirational to Erdington Academy’s students as they consider their future careers.”
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