Centre of Excellence for Business

Our fully equipped Centre of Excellence on site at Shipley College combines quality education and training opportunities to prepare you for work or university.  The centre works closely with its main partner, Titus Salt school.

The ICE works with a board of local employers who can enhance your learning experience. These include Adviser Plus, Computershare, Bradford Council and the University of Bradford.

 The employers provide work experience opportunities and real life project scenarios to help prepare you for your next step. They also deliver ‘master classes’, mentoring and site visits. All this will help you towards delivering an ‘unstoppable CV’!

What’s been happening in the CEB?

  • Students took part in a Dragon’s Den style competition, appealing to a panel of employers for funds to help them start their own businesses. In addition, successful entrepreneur and BBC Dragon’s Den candidate, Sarah Agar-Brennan, visited students to talk about her LoveBomb ‘emoji’ cushion business, her new ventures and also gave out some freebies!
  • Local employers worked with students in an intensive CV workshop and provided one-to-one advice to help develop their CVs and interview skills.
  • Employers including Sky, Barclays, Accent Housing, Incommunities, Xpand Marketing, and AdviserPlus visited the CofE4B to work with students on different projects, with the aim of helping them learn more about working life.
  • Mentored by employers, students took part in the CEB Challenge Cup with tasks that tested logic, theory and physical skills. The winning team was led by Xpand Marketing who said, ‘We had a great time working with the students and were super happy our team won the cup!’
  • Students and staff have welcomed representatives from the media industry into the CEB including actress Michelle Hassan, who spoke about her role on an ITV show. ITV Operations Manager, Manny Grillo gave students an insight into the broadcasting industry, including the importance of offering diverse programmes and how music is used within productions.

Software Development & Programming students 3D print, build & program a life-size robot

Software Development & Programming students, led by tutor Steve Mullarkey, have been 3D printing, building and programming a life-sized “InMoov” robot, named Titus by students. This project is an exciting opportunity for students to learn about the latest developments in the industry. This year they are 3D printing Titus’ legs and will be programming him to answer questions and greet people he recognises.


Are you a local business or organisation who would like to get involved in the Centre of Excellence for Business? Would you like to offer work placements to help prepare young people for the world of work?

If so, we would like to hear from you. You can work with staff and students to help shape the curriculum, enabling the ICE to provide you with talented young people with the skills you need. These students could be your future employees! Please contact Heather Savage on 01274 327222 or see our Employers area.  

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