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A TEN hour programme, delivered across five weeks combines on site learning with key enrichment visits to the Pirelli Stadium and McVitie’s Midlands Distribution Centre in Ashby De La Zouch. The idea of the programme is for the learners to understand what goes on behind the scenes at these two very different organisations. McVities sponsor the Enterprise Academy programme, which allows individuals to experience enterprise as part of an enrichment programme.

The Enterprise Academy programme has been designed to give the students an opportunity to experience the roles available within Burton Albion Community Trust and Pladis, the company behind well-loved biscuit brand McVitie’s. During the last academic year, over 170 pupils from William Allitt School, Newhall, raised their aspirations with an insight into the goings on in the two industries.

Sarah Evans, BACT Education and Learning Team Leader, said: “The partnership with pladis has gone from strength to strength and has allowed a collaborative approach to delivery of the Enterprise Academy programme. The students have been able to work on a few of the key employability skills required in the world of work today.”

Andrew Brooks, Supply Chain Support Manager at Pladis, said: “The Enterprise Academy programme enables students to visit our facility at Ashby and experience a ‘real’ business working environment within a leading global company. Students have the opportunity to gain an understanding of how a global business operates, and how it can be directly related to their individual fund-raising projects.

“We’re proud to support this initiative as the Enterprise Academy provides vital links to local communities  and potential career opportunities for those taking part.”