Working with local businesses is very important to Leigh Academies Trust as we value the world of work perspective that these engagements provide for our students.  For businesses, working with our academies has several benefits including the opportunity to develop their own staff skills, local awareness of their business and the chance to find the employees of tomorrow.

Recently, year 12 applied science students from Longfield academy visited Colorcon’s Crossways Business Park offices ( As a world leader in pharmaceutical product development, Colorcon were able to demonstrate and discuss many core areas of their business which relate to students studies.

Teacher, Mrs Willis commented

We had an amazing time with so many of Colorcons staff involved; all giving up their time. They were so welcoming and friendly. We met in a conference room where we were given refreshments – very generous. We then had a series of talks until about 11.30 with 5 different people speaking. For instance I had asked if they could tell us about Health and Safety and a lovely lady gave a very comprehensive talk which explained which regulations applied and explained it very well.

We then had a tour of the labs, the warehouse and the manufacturing area in 2 groups. It was fascinating and the students really enjoyed it. We gained so much information that the students can use in their work”.

Sarah Doyle, Human Resource Business Partner at Colorcon writes:

It was a pleasure to have the students here and they were a credit to their Academy. I believe they gained a lot of information from the visit and we look forward to working with them on their projects”.

Colorcon have been keen to provide work experience for students at the Leigh Academy in the past and will continue to do so whilst they are also currently looking to take on a year 12 science student from the Leigh UTC on a one day per week basis. This will provide useful, long term industry experience for this student.

Four members of staff have also recently signed up to become business mentors- two for the Leigh Academy and two for Wilmington Academy. Business mentoring is mutually beneficial as the mentor becomes a valued external influence to guide the mentee during their studies whilst for the mentor the experience provides a rewarding opportunity to develop their own skills.

We sincerely thank Colorcon for their valuable participation with our academies and look forward to strengthening ties for years to come.