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'Adopt a School' connects IKB Academy and Campbell Reith

A new partnership between a Keynsham school and an engineering consultancy is being built on firm foundations

Posted by Lucinda Reid | July 22, 2017 | People, policy, politics, money

IKB Academy, which specialises in science and engineering, has formed a link with Campbell Reith, a long-established international practice that has its Bristol base in Pixash Lane.

Campbell Reith has taken on the academy, which opened two years ago for students aged 14 to 19, under the construction industry's Adopt a School programme. This is aimed at ensuring that talented young people discover all the options available for a career in construction.

Campbell Reith and IKB marked the launch of their partnership with an immersion day, in which employees spent time in the classroom and students visited the company's local headquarters and toured the Holburne Park development in Lansdown, Bath, where Campbell Reith is building luxury homes. This enabled them to see various stages of the construction process.

The Adopt a School programme is a great way to make links for the benefit of the students and the businesses that are involved - Debbie Gibbs

The students, who are pursuing academic A-level and GCSE courses as well as undertaking regular work experience with employers linked to  science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects were fired with enthusiasm.

Debbie Gibbs, Principal of IKB Academy, said: “It is really important for us to collaborate with local employers in the STEM sector. The Adopt a School programme is a great way to make those links for the benefit of the students and the businesses that are involved. Partnering an engineering consultancy covers so many areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and these subjects are at the heart of what we offer students here at IKB. It is also important that we partner an organisation with many different routes into the industry as our students leave to study at university as well as via higher and degree apprenticeships.  Working with a local company offering a full range of employability options is a real bonus.  I am very excited about the benefits this will bring to the classroom and to the industry.”

Jamie Siggers, from Campbell Reith, added: “We are very pleased to formalise this relationship with IKB Academy through Constructing Excellence South West's Adopt a School initiative. We have held a relationship with IKB as our local academy since their inception, but this new relationship provides more scope to support the curriculum and to encourage students into our diverse and rewarding industry.”

 

 

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