HoW College Has a Clear Vision to Continue Work Experience Opportunities
02 April 2020
Heart of Worcestershire College (HoW College) and the employers they work with have had to think on their feet when it comes to maintaining work experience opportunities to their students.
Since the outbreak of Covid-19, although the College has had to physically shut its doors, it has always digitally remained open for its learners and employer relations. The College’s TV, Film and Media students were due to promote a number of fundraising events for charity Sight Concern, through social media coverage and promotional videos. However, due to recent events all practical work for this project had to be suspended.
Undeterred and determined to ‘see’ a solution, HoW College and Sight Concern’s representative, Andrew Ruff, worked together where Andrew created an array of ‘mini projects’ for students to work on from home during this time. This included research into the charity’s use of social media and generating ideas on how to promote future fundraising.
Sight Concern, a charity based in Worcestershire, supports people with sight loss and visual impairment across the County to lead independent and fulfilling lives. Their services include information sessions, support groups and individual support to learn new skills, develop confidence and access services. The charity also assists with digital technology such as mobile phones and computers.
When talking about why he chose to work with HoW College, Andrew stated:
“I am an ex-student of the College and have always valued the support I had at that time, which was instrumental in shaping my future and eventual career. I have from time to time used the College's services, especially when I worked for Worcester Community Trust, a few years ago on a number of projects.”
Throughout these projects Andrew has also offered to mentor the students as well as provide references for all those involved.
When discussing the students work so far, Andrew said:
“I received a great deal of positive comments when I presented to the students recently at the College.
Since offering the mini projects I have already been contacted by a student who has come up with good ideas and looks to be very professional in her approach.”
When talking about future opportunities, Andrew said:
“I hope to continue working with HoW College and work to support a much needed charity; I hope to provide the students with an early boost to their further studies and careers.”
Talking about the work, HoW College’s Work Experience and Job Coach, Laura Jones said:
“In this time of uncertainty it is important we remain focussed on supporting students with opportunities that will benefit their future careers and confidence within their studies. This would not be possible without the willingness of the students and Andrew from Sight Concern.”
HoW College would like to say a huge thank you to Sight Concern and all the employers they work with, who continue to offer students work experience opportunities in these unprecedented times.