Careers Updates

Business Partnership Launch Event 2nd November, 2016

I am pleased to inform you that the business partnership launch event took place here at OBA on 20thOctober, as planned, and it was a great success.

The launch event was designed to inform OBA’s Year 10 students of our new working partnership with the company and to discuss the exciting career-linked opportunities that would be available to them over the coming years.

The day kicked off with an informative assembly hosted by Saint Gobain Company Director, Simon Tait. Simon provided the students with an in depth overview of Saint Gobain; who they are, what they do and what they manufacture, the history of the company and the various industry and job sectors across the business.

The rest of the day was then broken down into a series of 5 workshops which were linked to Saint Gobain’s brand awareness and possible future careers.  The workshops were entitled: Sharing our expertise; Enhancing the customer experience; Creating the feel good factor; Innovation; Sustainability.

Through undertaking creative tasks, each workshop was designed to get the students to think innovatively, to develop their team building and communication skills, to discuss and identify the important skills involved within the various job sectors at Saint Gobain and, most importantly, to help raise our students’ aspirations.

The workshops were carried out by ten Saint Gobain professionals, from a variety of job roles.  These included: HR Advisor, Product Manager, Operations Manager, Operations Director, Graduate Process Engineer, Product Manager, Marketing and Sales Assistant, Area Sales Manager and Supply Chain Manager.

Some of the feedback from the day included:

The group work activities and the discussions with the experts were really beneficial elements for our students….I have never heard the pupils ask so many questions!
(Miss Boardman, English teacher and YR10 Form Tutor)

The most helpful activity was in the innovation workshop because it helped me to understand that there are many different options to explore in the future and that I have to put myself out there!
(Student from 10EBN)

The most important thing that I have learnt from the business professionals today is to make the most of every opportunity.
(Student from 10SHN)

The main benefit of participating in today has been to improve our local network, awareness of our infrastructure and the challenges facing the development of our local young people.
(Saint Gobain professional)

By participating in today I feel that I have made the students at OBA more aware of the world of work helping to educate young people about the decisions that they make in the future is really important.
(Saint Gobain professional)

On behalf of students and staff at OBA, I would like to say a huge thank you to staff at Saint Gobain for taking time out of their busy daily schedules to work with our students and for inspiring them about possible future career choices.

I look forward to reporting back soon on some further exciting initiatives that we will be embedding over this academic year.




  • Creating Employment Links Within Our Community 5th October, 2016

    To help raise the aspirations of our students, OBA recognises the importance of helping to create tomorrow’s competitive workforce! We aim to do this by influencing the skills and knowledge of our young people and by improving recruitment through establishing direct links from education into employment.

    OBA is therefore delighted to announce our new partnership with global company, Isover Saint-Gobain.

    Based just around the corner from the Academy, on the Whitehouse Industrial Estate, Isover Saint-Gobain promises to work in partnership with our school over the next three years to improve the achievement and employability skills of our students. They are offering OBA’s students the opportunity to have site visits and work experience placements, learning from their professionals who have a wide range of skills and expertise. So, this relationship promises to be an invaluable experience for all the students involved.

    Mrs Jarvis, OBA’s Careers Co-ordinator, was recently given the opportunity to visit Isover Saint-Gobain’s premises and attend its launch event.  After the event she said:

    It was incredible to experience first-hand what this brilliant company does and to learn about the many exciting opportunities they have on offer for our students. Following my visit, there will be a further launch event at OBA on Thursday 20th October, when our Year 10s will be given the opportunity to work hands on with the company. I look forward to reporting back soon on the exciting initiatives that we will be developing and embedding over this academic year – so watch this space!