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Venture Learning Community

At Ormiston Venture Academy the community we serve is always at the forefront of our plans and innovations for the future. We constantly strive to engage and involve the community in academy life for mutual benefits. 

Scholarships and Apprenticeships

The academy has sought new pathways for students upon graduating from Venture.

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Simmons Edeco have exclusively offered Ormiston Venture Academy senior year students apprenticeship opportunities within their company. A three year, well paid apprenticeship, learning on the job at the site in Great Yarmouth and at Great Yarmouth College awaits the successful candidates.

Simmons Edeco is a private entrepreneurial company that offers a range of quality products and services to the oil, gas, geothermal, mining and geoscientific industries worldwide. Simmons Edeco is the joint forces of Simmons Group — a Canadian company that began operations as a drilling contractor in 1962 — and EDECO (English Drilling Equipment Company) which was founded in 1931 with the manufacturing of oilfield and water well drilling equipment. In 1996 EDECO joined the Simmons Group and in January 2012 the company was collectively renamed SIMMONS EDECO to better reflect the organization’s global operations and enable better worldwide recognition. Simmons Edeco is operational in Albania, Western Europe, UK, the Middle East, Madagascar, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea and employs more than 700 people worldwide.

Initial hand written letters of interest, presentations to senior staff at the company followed by a rigorous interview process is conducted in order to select the most capable willing to learn apprentices.

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From a successful work experience placement, Danny Church the managing director approached the academy seeking enthusiastic apprentices to join his ever expanding company. By the end of the year he had taken on 3 engineering and one business and admin apprentices. The students had to undergo a thorough selection process before beginning work in the summer.

Hydramec is a well-established family owned Offshore Engineering, Design, Manufacturing and Maintenance company. Founded in early 1990, Hydramec employs a skilled workforce of thirty staff including Hydraulic/Mechanical Engineers, Fabricator/Welders and Precision Machinists at its fully equipped workshops based in Great Yarmouth. Hydramec have manufactured bespoke ROV Launch and Recovery Systems for over 15 years.

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We have worked hard to develop links with the Community Sports Foundation from Norwich City Football Club. We have been able to sign an agreement with NCFC to become a hub site for numerous projects. A number of new initiatives to boost participation in sport and healthy active lifestyles have recently been planned to compliment the fantastic work of the well-established Kicks project. Opportunities to truly broaden experiences in many curriculum and pastoral areas have now become available. The academy is involved in the Premier League for Sport program, the Enterprise and Business project as well as receiving elite coaching in netball, basketball and boxing amongst other initiatives and projects.

Norwich City Community Sports Foundation (CSF) helps people achieve their goals by delivering quality, innovative services through football and sport.

For 20 years as Norwich City Football Club’s official charity partner, the CSF have devised and delivered pioneering and highly successful projects, working in partnership with key organisations including Norfolk Constabulary, Connexions, Youth Offending Team, Norfolk County Council and district councils together with many local and international businesses.

The charity has an excellent track record in delivering quality outcome-focused and innovative programmes under seven themes: Football, Sport, Health, Social Engagement, Schools, Education and Disability.

Engaging with on average 9,000 individuals per week and a total of 30,000 people per year, CSF aims to ensure that the quality of the charity’s work remains high and the strength of its reputation remains.

A major new program we have just developed with the club is a 16-19 qualification led by NCFC and hosted by the academy. 15 Students from the local area have been offered a scholarship to study a level 3 BTEC in Sport and train as Futsal players as well, competing in regional and national tournaments. The students study and train at the academy whilst travelling to National indoor Futsal arenas in matches and competitions against other well established Premier League and Football League clubs.

We are always looking to broaden the horizons of our students and offer the work place some quality apprentices. If you are able to and wish to set up a link for future projects and apprenticeships please do not hesitate to contact Mr McInally at the academy.