Business Testimonials

"Sandwell Academy and the AA have formed a great partnership over recent years, it is really refreshing to see a local school that takes preparing their learners for life in the real world seriously. As part of the Academy’s ‘employability skills programme’ we have had the pleasure of meeting lots of students, inviting them to our office in Oldbury and letting them see what a big business looks and feels like.

Many of them have had their first taste of recruitment with us by taking part in ‘mock’ interviews - although usually very nervous it is great to see their confidence grow when they receive their feedback from us. We have welcomed several academy leavers to the AA as apprentices who have now secured permanent positions and are enjoying rewarding careers.

The Academy has some of the best and brightest teaching staff in the region and it is a real pleasure to work with them and see how they put the development of their students at the heart of everything it does.

Barry Whitlock Apprentice & Development Customer Manager The AA

"Sandwell Academy approached us to give a group of students an insight into business advisory work by presenting them with a real life issue experienced by a host company, The AA. We equipped them with skills such as MindMapping, The Forcefield and the ‘Now, Where How’ planning process – all of which we use in advisory work with our clients. It was a very productive week, starting with an introduction to the problem and a tour of the AA premises.

The students spent some valuable time at our offices, completing background research and also surveyed the public to support their initial ideas. It was amazing to see the team develop and motivate themselves, for the most part working independently and generating some highly innovative ideas and solutions.

Sandwell Academy’s focus on giving students ‘real life’ experience and the practical tools to succeed in their working lives is genuinely valuable and, without doubt, builds a solid foundation as they start their careers.

Ross Prince Partner Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP