Renewable energy company partners BMAT STEM Academy

Burnt Mill Academy / Wed 7th Oct 2020 at 10:18am

A BUSINESS-focused school has teamed up with another industry sponsor to offer students career opportunities in the world of renewable energy.

BMAT STEM Academy, in Harlow, provides students from Year 10 onwards with a curriculum focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects.

The school has a host of industry sponsors – including Princess Alexandra Hospital, Gratnells, GlaxoSmithKline, Raytheon and Pearson Education – which provide students with insider knowledge, work experience and career prospects.

Common Sense Energy, in Harlow, is the latest company to partner with the school to develop future employees.

Allen Harris, director at Common Sense Energy, has not only enrolled his daughter at the school’s sixth form, but signed up as a professional partner – and donated solar panels to the site.

He said: “We decided to work with BMAT STEM Academy because it is a young and developing centre of excellence with the flexibility to harness new technologies. I believe the school has the ability to make real change in this world.

“The young people in education today are more aware of the planet and the problems facing it than any generation before them. They are the ones who will lead the change in our world.

“It is well documented that if we continue to use the earth’s resources at our current rate of growth, the human race will be extinct in about 100 years and we will suffer major consequences along the way.

“Renewable energy is now recognised as part of the solution to sustain our planet as we know it and it will become an even bigger part of our lives. So, it is essential students not only learn about these technologies, but are also able to see, touch, experiment with and help to develop them, too. By the time these students leave education, renewable energy and its benefits should be second nature to them. There will also be lucrative and rewarding career options open in this area.”

The school offers subjects such as engineering, computer science and 3D design, with a focus on preparing young people for the world of work.

The new partnership will bring work experience, workshops, talks and opportunities to reach out into the industry for students.

Dave Ramsey, assistant headteacher, said: “We are going to be getting access to industry standard equipment to ensure our students are prepared to design and install green energy solutions. That is incredibly important going forward.

“Our students will learn how renewable energy works, how systems connect to the grid and how it is then used in a house. That is what Common Sense Energy does on a day to day basis; science and engineering.

“It is another string to our bow and continues to keep us at the forefront of modern technology. We are really excited to be able to work with our students on renewable green energy. We all need to start using it, so if we are able to teach our young people more than just the theory, we are offering something unique.”

  • Guided tours of BMAT STEM Academy are taking place in October and November for students interested in places in Year 10 or 12 in 2020 and 2021. Book a tour via
  • https://www.bmatstemacademy.org

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