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Academy welcomes new head of business


Sean Hickey (pictured) has been appointed director of business and enterprise at the new £27 million school, which is due to open in September.
He will work with local business representatives and organisations such as the Chamber and Institute of Directors to ensure businesses become involved with the academy.
His plans include mentoring services, guru lectures and on-going work experience programmes.
Mr Hickey said: “The education system is changing and we are thinking creatively and differently about how to deliver training and qualifications to meet the needs of employers and make young people employable.”
Before his role at the Chamber, Mr Hickey was in charge of vocational learning at the local Training and Enterprise Council and for the last two years has been a consultant working with further education colleges to increase their business engagement.
He is currently on the boards of Countec Education Business Partnership and of Milton Keynes College.
Mr Hickey said: “I have always had a passionate interest in learning, training and development and feel education is the core to driving the economy. The students are the future workforce. Schools and businesses have a huge common agenda: to see young people with the right skills and qualifications.”
Milton Keynes Academy principal Lorna Caldicott said: “Sean’s appointment shows the strength of our pledge to be a specialist school for business and enterprise. He is the ideal person for the job.”
Mr Hickey added: “Tthis is not just another school, – it is an iconic school, in keeping with the spirit of the new city. We will be working innovatively and aspire to be the best nationally for business engagement. Encouraging enterprise and entrepreneurial skills will be at the core of the school ethos.”