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Business Breakfasts

Pool Academy are innovating and reaching out to their local business community by hosting business breakfast networking events, starting at 8am.

Clare Trice, CTCC Solutions, is the Enterprise Adviser working with Alastair James, the Assistant Principal and Careers Leader, to offer this event. In partnership with the local networking and events organisation Your Partnerships, the event aims to bring local businesses to the school for a catch-up over breakfast and bridge the gap for future employers of the students of Pool Academy.

Ruth Bennetts, Enterprise Coordinator for the Careers Hub Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly said; 'this is brilliant practice by the school and their Enterprise Adviser. Careers Leaders develop a school's career strategy and promote the offer to students, parents, teachers and employers. Another element of their work is to network with local businesses to build relationships, embed more career activities within their schools, and create more student opportunities. For businesses, they want to build their talent pipeline and give back to their communities.'

Clare Trice, Enterprise Adviser for Pool Academy said;

"This business networking event is the first of a series hosted at the school. Please contact us if you are a business and want to learn more about the Careers Hub's work or to get engaged in or to attend events such as this."

If you are interested in being involved in this opportunity, please contact the academy -

Local Businesses – We Need Your Expertise!

At Pool Academy we are busy growing your employees of the future.  We need your help to raise their career aspirations, develop their employability skills and learn more about the exciting industries in Cornwall.

Inspire Young Minds

Being part of our business support network will provide you moments of great satisfaction but striving to make a difference can also be an exciting challenge! Having employers like you helping to inspire young minds and transform attitudes through a range of activities and opportunities is the foundation of an excellent careers programme as set out by the Gatsby Foundation’s eight Benchmarks of good practice and the Careers and Enterprise Company.

Pool Academy has the benefit of a key business volunteer who works with us on a strategic level, encouraging the development of our careers programme and connecting us to the business community across the county. This role is recognised nationally as an Enterprise Adviser (EA) and they are part of the Cornwall Careers Hub community of support driving the connection between careers education and the business sector. For a list of Cornwall businesses who are volunteering in the EA role please visit the CIoS Careers Hub website.

Our current EA is Clare Trice and she would be delighted to have a chat with you about getting involved in our programme of activity.

Ways to Support:

  • Be part of our Mock interviews with Year 10 or 11 students and help them structure their CVs

  • Get involved in extracurricular clubs and activities

  • Give an inspiring talk based on your industry or job role

  • Provide a coaching/mentoring service through a structured programme

  • Run a hands-on workshop with activities relating to your area of expertise

  • Be part of our discussions about pathways after school, eg apprenticeships

  • Help champion specific issues and challenge barriers in the workplace around gender stereotyping, disability etc

  • Help bring a subject lesson to life by linking it to your industry

  • Offer a work experience placement for students at you business premises

  • Become an ambassador supporting employment routes for young people with special educational needs and disabilities and offer a work experience placement that is co-supported by the school

  • Provide a Supported Internship opportunity

What to Expect ...

By getting involved you will not only be supporting future workforce development and helping to broaden the minds of the young people but you will also be developing new skills for your staff, forging community links and building a positive profile for your company. 

We will support you throughout your visit to us to ensure we maximise the use of your valuable time.  Our Careers Leader is Mr Alastair James ( and they will:

  • Be your main point of contact for all enquiries

  • Organise pre-meets/discussions/information for activities you sing up to

  • Provide you details of the local arrangements including parking, facilities and our safeguarding policy.

  • Conduct a short evaluation with you to ensure we are getting things right.

  • With your permission add you to our network and keep you up to date with future activities.

Pool Academy is part of the Athena Learning Trust which is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales, Company No 08150106. An exempt charity. Registered Office: Hurdon Road, Launceston, Cornwall PL15 9JR