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Academy To Link Up With New Enterprise Centre

Four students attended the topping-out ceremony at a new enterprise centre being built to help businessmen and women of the future.

Work is well under way on Corby Enterprise Centre, located within walking distance to CBA, and when completed it will provide 32,000sq ft of office and workshop  space for entrepreneurs.

It will provide a focal point for highly-skilled jobs and those behind the project want the Academy to link in with the centre to give students a taste of the world of business.

Deputy Head Boy Richard White, Deputy Head Girl Ksenija Nazarova and Nicole Parsons and Josh Cresswell from the Senate went along to the official ceremony to find out more.

They joined representatives from the BeLa Partnership, which is developing the centre on behalf of Corby Borough Council, the North Northants Development Company, contractors and other officials.

Corby councilor Jimmy Noble said he wanted to centre to become an important resource for the Academy.

He said: "One of the main ideas of the Enterprise Centre being built so close to the Academy is because we want students and those with business ideas to get help and assistance. It will be an exciting opportunity to see how business does work."

Corby Borough Council's corporate director Norman Stronach added: "We are looking for links to be forged between the Academy and the centre. As students start to have their own ideas, there will be a sounding board if those ideas become a business. We are trying to encourage aspiration and achievement and this is a tangible way of doing so."

The group of students donned hard hats, hi-vis jackets and gloves for the topping-out, which is traditional ceremony to mark the moment when the highest point on a building is reached.

Josh, who is in Year 8, said: "The centre will help smaller businesses grow into larger companies and create more economic wealth."

Nicole, who is doing a diploma in business, added: "It will be good to have the opportunity to come and work over here and see the reality of what we are learning."