Skip to content ↓

Nottingham Academy


Students in years 9-11 apply to take part in the Discover Day, a team challenge event at the Ikano offices in Nottingham 

Discovery Day 



On Thursday (17 November) 60 pupils from Nottingham Academy competed to take part in a unique, ‘The Apprentice’ Style work experience opportunity with financial services provider Ikano. 90 pupils applied for the 60 places, submitting a CV and Application Form before being shortlisted for a formal interview with Ikano. Interviewers were particularly impressed with their applications, well thought through answers, enthusiasm and research.

The pupils selected worked in teams – developing a team name and taking part in workshops from industry experts; award winning marketing agency Brass, whose customers include Haribo, Ribena and Kellogg’s, creative agency Arch, who have designed for Samsung, Thorntons and Virgin Atlantic and leading PR agency Citipress past clients include Coca Cola, British Gas and Halifax Building Society. They then went on to develop an App for an Ikano savings product and pitched their idea to the team at the end of the day.

Kelly Newman, Internal Communications & Social Responsibility Manager told us why Ikano have developed this project. “Giving back to our local community is embedded in everything we do at Ikano Bank, which is why we support initiatives where we can make a real difference. This is the first Discovery Day we’ve run but it's been  valuable addition to our partnership with Nottingham Academy and puts employability and skills-sharing at the heart of it”

Ruth Clifford, Director of Social at Citypress, said: “We are always seeking to find and nurture creative talent to deliver for our award-winning brands, so it’s great to be part of this exciting first step for the potential communications professionals of tomorrow!”

This was a fantastic opportunity for pupils to gain insight in the working world and to develop skills such as teamwork, creativity, negotiation, time management, communication, presentation skills and leadership. 

A selection of pupils were also be part of the media team, capturing the experience through photography and film and will be supported by Futures, skills and employment social enterprise. A film and images from the day will be made available at a later date.

The Ikano Discovery Day project is one of many Careers and Employability activities at the Nottingham Academy.