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Stafford Sports College joins forces with Argos for special partnership

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 14, 2014

Stafford Sports College joins forces with Argos for special partnership

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STAFFORD Sports College has teamed up with Argos for a three-year partnership which will see staff and pupils working together.

The huge Argos distribution centre at Acton Gate, operated by Home Retail Group, will provide a range of support to the Rising Brook school, including work experience for pupils.

Students will have the opportunity to go into various departments at the site and spend time learning about the business, while Home Retail Group will also spend time in school and be able to learn from teaching staff.

It is also hoped there will be potential job opportunities for pupils as they leave school.

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Headteacher Jude Slack said: “This is the most exciting thing we have done since I came here last year.

“It will provide valuable work experience and a chance to work together.”

The partnership has been arranged by Business in the Community, an organisation which aims to bring business and education together so youngsters can have opportunities and businesses can address skills shortages.

Muria De La Fuente, partnerships manager from Business in the Community, said: “It is very much school driven and the business will work to provide whatever the school wants to do. They will look at various ways they can work together and in line with the curriculum.

“There are advantages to both parties but it does open up a link to a pool of talent that can be used on both sides.

“We ask for a minimum commitment of three years from businesses in doing this scheme so the partnership can really have chance to work.

“Our hope is that other schools in the area will see the value of it and look to doing something similar.”

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