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Sport Students Takeover Leisure Centre - The View

Sport Students Takeover Leisure Centre - The View | Gazelle Student Impact | Scoop.it

Students from Preston’s College swapped the classroom for the workplace after taking over the reins at Leyland Leisure Centre. The 12-hour takeover gave 11 sports students aged 16-18 the chance to gain a real insight into their future industry and understand the skills required to succeed.


Of the 11 learners taking part, four were invited to apply for vacancies within Leyland Leisure Centre by already possessing skills currently in demand, including gymnastics training and female gym instructors.

One such learner was 16-year-old Elliott Kerrigan, who impressed the centre so much with his positive attitude and ambition that he took centre stage by shadowing the deputy manager.


Elliott, who is currently studying a Level 1 in Sports, said: “The day was totally different than what I expected and I really enjoyed every bit of it. I thought we would shadow staff but we were able to get stuck in and do things ourselves such as ordering stock, finance and pool maintenance, which are tasks that I never knew the job involved.”


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South West College and 24 firms engineer unique jobs event

South West College and 24 firms engineer unique jobs event | Gazelle Student Impact | Scoop.it

South West College (SWC) Dungannon and 24 employers teamed up to pitch opportunities in the world of engineering to young people at a recent unique careers event. The ‘Get Engineering’ initiative is designed to give those thinking about their future careers and options a flavour of the prospects and potential for progression within the booming local industry.


In recent years, County Tyrone has earned a global reputation as a hotbed for excellence and innovation in the design and manufacture of solutions and positioned a cluster of mid-Ulster engineering firms among the world’s elite providers of materials handling equipment. On officially opening the Get Engineering Careers Fair, Mr Pat O’Neill, founder of Powerscreen and ambassador for Tyrone engineering said:


“Nowhere else in Ireland or in any other EU country could a similar exhibition of locally produced crushing, screening and associated construction companies be mounted because our local manufacturers are situated in the ‘Silicon Valley’ of crushing and screening. In this area there is an estimated 250 engineering companies, including the three world leaders in mobile crushing and screening systems, and these companies produce over 75% of world output. This dominant position is a result of your unique designs and your very high quality product and marketing skills. You have the potential to double your output and employment potential within ten years but there is only one factor that could keep this from happening and this is a shortage of skilled people. It would be a tragedy of our own making if this were to happen.”

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Out in the field: business students make the most of their work experience hours

Out in the field: business students make the most of their work experience hours | Gazelle Student Impact | Scoop.it

In a competitive job market, getting some work experience can really count. Our focus on work placements not only allows students to explore future career paths, but also develop important employability skills.

Our business students have been putting their work experience hours to good use by spending time with inspiring people in successful organisations.


With a passion for finance, level 3 business student William Cooper decided to spend a week at Amptill-based advertising agency, Torch B2B. The organisation has a long list of high-profile food and beverage clients, including Nestle, PG Tips and McCains.


William became a helpful extra pair of hands during the week, and even spent some time with the company accountant to experience what his dream role entails.


William said: "I've had a really varied week working in a number of different aspects of the business. I definitely enjoyed Monday the most because I helped with the account invoices and sorted out the business expenses. That is the sort of role I see myself doing in the future, so it was great to see first-hand the process of a company accountant."


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Student games company beats all comers to win £5,000 prize - Cambridge Regional College

Student games company beats all comers to win £5,000 prize - Cambridge Regional College | Gazelle Student Impact | Scoop.it

Enterprising games students at Cambridge Regional College have beaten students across the country to win a top prize of £5,000 to develop their business. Their outstanding bid for funding for Rizing Games, a college-based company which sells computer games created by the students, was an outright winner in the competition to find the best and brightest business ideas.

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Cardiff and Vale College : Careers Academy students at CAVC go from strength to strength

Cardiff and Vale College : Careers Academy students at CAVC go from strength to strength | Gazelle Student Impact | Scoop.it

Students at Cardiff and Vale College who have signed up to the Careers Academy are feeling the benefit of the extra training and skills that the Academy offers. One has won the regional heats of a nationwide competition and another has secured an internship with the world’s largest law firm. Tereza Kavalova arrived in Cardiff from the Czech Republic two years ago. At first she could not understand her tutors or peers and had to translate her notes into Czech every night so that she could complete her work.


The Coordinator for the Careers Academy, Tracy Bird, explained: “What is so impressive about Tereza is that when she first came to the College she had to translate all of her notes back into Czech and now she has become an integral part of the Careers Academy. She is am ambassador for the Academy and mentors a Year 1 student – she has taken some massive steps.”


“The Academy is something that I did not expect at all from a college,” Tereza said. “I came to a new country and I didn’t know how it would work but the Academy has been so good and it has given me lots of skills to add to my CV and prepare me for employment.”


Since her time at CAVC Careers Academy, Tereza has had an internship at Lloyds, and work experience at RBS and NatWest. “Through the Careers Academy I have been able to do things and gain experience that I would never have had the opportunity to have done before,” she said Tereza has since had five university offers and has decided to take the plunge and go to London Metropolitan University to study International Business and Management.

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Students film up-and-coming musician for BBC

Students film up-and-coming musician for BBC | Gazelle Student Impact | Scoop.it

Up-and- coming singer/songwriter Maisie Berry has been filmed at Amersham & Wycombe College for a future music video production of BBC Introducing – the website showcasing exciting new musical talent. Maisie has been making a name for herself on local radio around her home town in Hertfordshire and the forthcoming video will give her national and international exposure.


TV production students organised and filmed Maisie in the college’s TV studio as she sang several original compositions and played acoustic guitar. The performances were recorded by music technology students who will be mixing her songs in one of the College’s studios. “I’ve learnt so much today being thrown in at the deep end,” said Level 3 Music Technology student Edward Boba. “It’s great to get practical experience as you learn by your actions.”

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​Students battle it out in restaurant takeover

​Students battle it out in restaurant takeover | Gazelle Student Impact | Scoop.it

Hospitality Management students are set to take over the Marco Pierre White (MPW) Steakhouse Bar & Grill, at Alea Casino, next month, as part of a special business challenge. Two groups have been tasked with planning, organising and running their very own themed evening from scratch and the team that raises the most profit will win. Competing against one another are teams: One Night Only and Taste of America, who have worked for the past six months on their business ideas, being mentored by the MPW team on everything from creating menus and branding to operations, costings and marketing.


One Night Only, with its British-themed menu, including: herb crushed lamb rack followed by rhubarb and apple crumble, will open for business on 1st April. Taste of America, which includes traditional American dishes like sticky BBQ ribs and Mississippi mud pie, will open its doors to the public on 22nd April. To book, please contact the restaurant on: 0115 872 0602.


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Latest success for college’s retail outlet is bloomin’ marvellous

Latest success for college’s retail outlet is bloomin’ marvellous | Gazelle Student Impact | Scoop.it

Everything’s coming up roses for Gateshead College as its new retail venture at the Intu MetroCentre continues to blossom. Metal roses crafted by fabrication and welding pre-apprentice students are the latest products catching the eye of shoppers at the handPICKED store, which provides an outlet for entrepreneurial students to showcase their retail flair and grow their fledgling start-ups. Students Tom Heightley, 17, Connell Scott, 18, and Connor Wilson, 17, have been turning their hand to thornier issues as part of their studies towards completing their Performing Engineering Operations Level 2 qualification this summer.


The green-fingered youngsters have been using all the skills and techniques gained on their course to craft the decorative roses from sheet metal before welding them together to the highest degree of accuracy.

After fabrication in the workshop, the roses are being displayed and marketed at handPICKED before being sold for upwards of £30 apiece.


The handPICKED project - a first for a North East college - is an independent outlet where students are able to trial their retail ideas and ambitions before going to market on their own. The store can accommodate dozens of retail focused start-ups established by students – it’s anticipated that upwards of 100 young entrepreneurs from the college will be involved during the project’s 18-month trial.


Connell Scott said the project’s providing the chance to gain not only technical expertise but also softer customer-focused sales skills: “I’ve enjoyed the process thoroughly, from the design to the finished product”.

Tom Heightley added: “Everything about this activity has given me a sense of achievement and made me feel proud, seeing what I could achieve.”


Their lecturers Dave Brown and Kevin Milburn added: “The effort the students have contributed to this project is a credit to all of them. “They are gaining the skills employers want and that will see them well on the way to a successful and rewarding career beyond college.


“It also shows that they have developed since starting the course and that they definitely have something about them. ”In addition to retail experience, handPICKED provides students with the chance to develop wider skills that are important to business success, notably market research, product merchandising and customer service in a genuine retail environment.


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SPECTACULAR GARDEN TO ECLIPSE THE COMPETITION

SPECTACULAR GARDEN TO ECLIPSE THE COMPETITION | Gazelle Student Impact | Scoop.it

Horticulture students from Pershore College will be competing to win The Young Gardener of the Year Awards at the Ideal Home Show this Friday 20 March.


The annual competition, now in its fifth year, is organised by former Pershore College student and TV gardener David Domoney in association with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community.


The competition celebrates young ‘green’ talent and sees six of the UK’s leading horticultural colleges go head-to-head to create a show-stopping sustainable garden that will be visited by a quarter of a million visitors at the Ideal Home Show.


Amber Winship, 19, from Droitwich is studying for the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture, and is part of the team who have created and built the garden. She said, “I love the garden and can’t wait to see it at Olympia - it’s been a great project to be involved with. I think we’ve used the space very well and there are elements like the veggie wall, where we’ve got plants like pak choi and lettuce creating a living wall as part of the garden.


“It helps towards our course too, as we’re putting everything into practice – design, practical skills and especially teamwork. We’ve worked really well together.


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Students WIN challenge set by Herts County Council

Students WIN challenge set by Herts County Council | Gazelle Student Impact | Scoop.it

A group of NHC Students have been chosen as the winners of a Public Health Campaign Challenge set by Hertfordshire County Council (HCC).


Asking students to plan a campaign on sexual health and substance misuse, with the outcome to roll the winning idea out across the local area, Jo Mayer from HCC explains:


“We believe the best way to educate, inform and raise awareness to young people about these issues is by involving young people themselves. They know best what young people are like, and what they will respond to”.


The winning campaign idea ‘Choose Your Ending’ is the brainchild of Level 2 Health and Social Care Students Billie Willicombe, Charlotte Smith, Amy Charles and Jodie Shelldrick.


‘Choose Your Ending’ is about empowering young people to make positive choices for a better future, and the four girls plan to visit Secondary Schools across the County, leading interactive sessions on the topics.


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PRESTON’S COLLEGE CALLS FOR PUSH TO GET MORE GIRLS INTO SCIENCE

PRESTON’S COLLEGE CALLS FOR PUSH TO GET MORE GIRLS INTO SCIENCE | Gazelle Student Impact | Scoop.it

To mark British Science Week (13 - 22 March) Preston’s College is urging government ministers 

and local authorities to do more to encourage females into science, technology, maths and
engineering. With males outnumbering females by four to one in science-based subjects, this is an issue that Preston’s College is keen to tackle.


The education and skills provider is currently seeking applicants for its 2015 / 16 courses and
hopes to attract more female learners into traditionally male-dominated roles. One of the college’s budding female engineering apprentices is championing this vision. Having originally studied A Levels, 19-year-old Salima Bana from Preston, knew this route wasn’t right for her and instead wanted a more practical hands on approach. With the help of Preston’s College, Salima secured a three-year Engineering Apprenticeship 

with BAE Systems and wants more females to follow in her footsteps.


Salima comments: “I wanted to do something out of the norm and a little different. I’d always
been interested in aerospace and planes so BAE was an easy choice. “Out of around 45 learners, there’s only one other girl in my group. I think many believe that engineering involves getting your hands dirty, but it can be anything from designing planes behind a desk to building the end product in the workshop. “I love my job because of the challenges and variety, and I get great satisfaction from working with other engineers to find solutions and new ways of thinking. I don’t understand why girls wouldn’t want to do it and I hope more will sign up and show the boys that we’re just as good as they are, if not better!”


The 2015 / 16 start of term coincides with the opening of the new £13m iSTEM centre at
Preston’s College in September 2015. Rebecca Kay, science assessor at Preston’s College, added: “We’re committed to changing the way people think about STEM subjects and have set out to dispel any culture that presumes there is a set career path for females. “There are so many exciting opportunities for women in STEM industries and it’s all about giving them the choice and the chance to make changes that could impact their future. “Young people are influenced by their friends, teachers and parents so we need to educate 

these groups and make them aware of the breadth of opportunities available, whilst also showing them how STEM choices can provide very fulfilling and interesting careers. “With British Science Week well underway we hope ministers, local authorities, businesses, parents and other education providers align with our vision and help to get more women into STEM.”


For more information and to apply for the 2015 / 16 term, please visit http://www.preston.ac.uk/

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STUDENTS GET A TASTE OF WORKING LIFE WITH NATIONAL GRID

STUDENTS GET A TASTE OF WORKING LIFE WITH NATIONAL GRID | Gazelle Student Impact | Scoop.it

Supported learning students from Warwickshire College Group swapped their classrooms for a week in the workplace courtesy of National Grid’s 'Work Inspiration Week' initiative.


The young people were among more than 50 students from schools across Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Birmingham and Berkshire who were invited to spend a week’s work experience at the company’s sites around the country.


The aim was to give students with additional learning needs and disabilities experience of different jobs and raise their confidence in their own ability to fulfil a role in the workplace.


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Students create puppetry magic for children - Students create puppetry magic for children

Students create puppetry magic for children - Students create puppetry magic for children | Gazelle Student Impact | Scoop.it

Over forty Barking & Dagenham College students are busy making the final preparations for a spectacular puppetry production set to entertain hundreds of local pre-school and primary school children.

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The students are studying technical theatre, production and performing arts at the College’s School for the Performing Arts & Technical Theatre based at the Broadway.


They will premiere their show called Seasons this week (week commencing Monday 9 March 20125) to a packed audience of excited pupils.


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Even though these students may not come from a traditional events or business course. The skill set developed by running events such as these provide excellent opportunities to build on a students employability.

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Caring and Sharing

Caring and Sharing | Gazelle Student Impact | Scoop.it

An exciting new community care venture is all set to be launched in the Portsmouth area in what’s believed to be the first collaboration of its kind in the country. Called Collingwood Care, the new enterprise has been set up to bring high quality, professional care with a personal touch to the elderly living at home.


It’s being run by husband-and-wife team Peter and Victoria Jobson, working in partnership with Highbury College. And it’s been given the seal of approval by the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulators of Health and Social Care in England, who rigorously check to ensure the highest possible standards are being maintained.


The success is a dream come true for the couple, who are full of praise for all the support they’ve received from Highbury.


Their big break-through came when they approached the College to see what resources and courses might be available to help them set up in business on their own. They were quickly directed to the College’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, run by Wendy Funnell, where they enrolled on a Level 3 course in Creating and Sustaining a Business – and the rest is history! 


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Installation collaboration - Glasgow Kelvin College

Installation collaboration - Glasgow Kelvin College | Gazelle Student Impact | Scoop.it

Beauty students from Glasgow Kelvin College featured in an art installation by Rebecka Danks, student at Glasgow School of Art.  The installation took place at Platform, the multi arts venue in Easterhouse, Glasgow. The students from Glasgow Kelvin College assisted her in the production of a film, which was projected on to a wall in the Ladies, for her final show, creating the installation together with lighting and other images.

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Dina helps out with £27m Basford Hall build

Dina helps out with £27m Basford Hall build | Gazelle Student Impact | Scoop.it

Industry experience can help you stand out from the crowd in a competitive job market, so plumbing student Dina Rai jumped at the chance to work on the new £27m Basford Hall build. Dina, 28, won two week's work experience with Derry Building Services (DBS), a sub-contractor of Bowmer and Kirkland who are leading the project. 


Originally from Nepal, Dina settled in the UK with her family when she was 19. She explains, “As the only daughter in the family with lots of brothers and male cousins around me, I grew up as a bit of a tom boy really. I enjoyed helping my dad with odd jobs around the house and when I came across the plumbing course at ncn I decided to give it a go. I’m so glad I did because it made me realise just how much I love it.”


Dina completed the Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing Services last year at ncn and, having decided this was the career for her, she quickly progressed to the Level 3 course. Alongside ten fellow construction students, Dina was put forward to present her CV to DBS, and from this five were selected for interview. Dina was the successful candidate and was chosen to complete two-week’s work experience. She explains, “My Personal Success Coach Jane Eroglu and Lecturer Rob Isbell have been so supportive; they organised the work experience opportunity and helped me to prepare for the interview. I know how valuable industry experience is, so when I got the position I was over the moon."


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City of Bath College - Hair & Beauty students impress judges with their creativity

City of Bath College - Hair & Beauty students impress judges with their creativity | Gazelle Student Impact | Scoop.it

Hair and Beauty students at Bath College have put their creative and practical skills to the test in an industry-standard competition. The annual challenge at the Somer Valley Campus saw more than 25 Level 2 and 3 students showcasing their talents under timed conditions. 


They had to impress a panel of professional judges by demonstrating their ability to work under pressure. The competition, which counts towards the students’ coursework portfolio, aims to boost their confidence and creativity skills.

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Guardian columnist opens up on student TV show

Guardian columnist opens up on student TV show | Gazelle Student Impact | Scoop.it

#TheChannel broadcasts an hour-long weekly TV show on YouTube on Barking & Dagenham College’s YouTube channel every Tuesday Wednesday & Thursday between 11.00 - 3pm time. The College’s TV and Video production students work as the production crew, from camera, vision mixer, sound engineers, floor managers and edit producers.


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From the Hilton Hotel to TUI Travel… Travel and Tourism students benefit from only the best work experience

From the Hilton Hotel to TUI Travel… Travel and Tourism students benefit from only the best work experience | Gazelle Student Impact | Scoop.it

Our Travel and Tourism students have enjoyed excellent work experience opportunities over the past year. Some have spent time at the Hilton Hotel in London, others have worked at Luton Airport and all of our students have benefitted from trips to Virgin Atlantic and British Airways to experience life as a cabin crew member.


Whether you want to be flying high as an air steward, exploring an exotic country as a tour guide or arranging dream holidays as a travel agent, our courses don’t just provide a highly rated qualification, but also allow students to experience the industry they want to work in.


We have a dedicated Employer Links team who arrange exceptional work experience for learners across all departments. Most recently, our Travel and Tourism students have been offered work at TUI Travel, an opportunity that many students were keen to make the most of.


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CLASP Event at City College | City College Plymouth

CLASP Event at City College | City College Plymouth | Gazelle Student Impact | Scoop.it

On Monday 23 March, City College Plymouth hosted the CLASP (Communities Learning about Sustainability in Plymouth) Network event. The CLASP Network aims to facilitate, join-up, support and engage schools, communities and businesses in creative and innovative approaches to learning for sustainability across Plymouth.


The event was held in the College’s new state-of-the-art STEM Centre. Aimed at young people and school groups across the City, the centre offers a range of fun activities and explores the careers available in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. At the CLASP networking event, which focused on energy and water, members learned more about local organisations and businesses working in the field of energy and water, alongside their wider sustainability achievements for Plymouth.

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City of Bath College - Hair & Beauty students put their skills to the test

City of Bath College - Hair & Beauty students put their skills to the test | Gazelle Student Impact | Scoop.it

Students have proved how they can work to industry standards in an annual competition that puts their employability skills to the test. City of Bath College’s annual hair, beauty and complementary therapy competition saw more than 100 Level 1, 2 and 3 students showcasing their skills under timed conditions.

Students impressed the panel of professional judges by demonstrating their ability to work under pressure throughout the all-day challenge.


The competition, which is part of the students’ coursework portfolio, aims to boost their confidence and creativity skills. Trainee hairdressers had to prove they were a cut above the rest by cutting and styling the hair of clients. Students entered different hair categories such as a gent’s cut, a ladies commercial cut and blow dry, as well as the more creative high fashion colour, avant garde, and ladies prom/evening style.


The hairdressing judges were Darrell and Vincent Czapelka from Altered Image hair salon in Clifton, Bristol.

Darrell said: “The standard of work is excellent; the students’ really know what they are doing.

“The competition timetable covers the type of everyday expectations for any salon so it’s a great industry-level competition. “Students will be prepared for the types of things people will come into a salon for; with this experience these students will go far.”

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College Goes Global

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Glasgow Kelvin College has taken its garment design and community engagement activities to an international dimension through a successful bid to UKIERI (UK India Education Research Initiative). Funded by the UK and Indian Governments, UKIERI aims to enhance educational links between India and the UK.


This particular community project brings together Glasgow Kelvin College, the only Scottish college to be awarded this funding, and the Government Polytechnic for Women (GPW) in Gujjanagundla (Andhra Pradesh). The year-long partnership is based around a fashion and garment design programme, reflecting the teaching strengths of both colleges.

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New College Nottingham - A Team Effort

New College Nottingham - A Team Effort | Gazelle Student Impact | Scoop.it

The annual Institute of Hospitality (IOH) Awards went down a storm thanks to ncn Hospitality Management students who organised and coordinated the event from start to finish.


Twelve talented ncn students from the Academy of Food, Drink and Visitor Service were congratulated at the awards evening, which was hosted by the IOH East Midlands branch, organised by ncn students and held at the ncn Adams Restaurant and Brasserie. 


A group of nine ncn Foundation Degree Hospitality Management (Events) students coordinated the event as part of their course, including: arranging invites, decorating the venue, creating a running order and planning the menu. Group team leader, Kyle Ricci, 19, said: “We wanted to steer away from the typical black tie event so as a team we came up with an African safari-themed event which I think worked really well and we received some great feedback.


“The evening ran smoothly and we worked well as a group. It was a big responsibility running such a large event but it was a great experience. Once I’ve completed my studies, my goal is to run my own events business, so this kind of real work experience is really valuable to me and I learnt so much from it.”


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Enterprising students awarded £5k for new business

Enterprising students awarded £5k for new business | Gazelle Student Impact | Scoop.it

Students in our enterprise society, Collective Futures, have been awarded a £5k grant to set up a market research business. The money comes from NACUE’s (National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs) Ignition Fund, which is “designed to give enterprise societies the opportunity to support their peers’ entrepreneurship during their studies”.


Students from Collective Futures will be using the funds to create a focus group service, whereby local organisations can utilise the group’s diverse range of backgrounds, ages, courses, interests and ethnicities to greater understand their own business needs.


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If you would like to see more - check out the teams 60 second video which helped them on there way to being awarded the £5000. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zzhi_UQ89ug

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Cardiff and Vale College :: Cardiff and Vale College students have an app for that

Cardiff and Vale College :: Cardiff and Vale College students have an app for that | Gazelle Student Impact | Scoop.it

Students at Cardiff and Vale College have been given training and advice on how to set up and market their own smartphone apps.

Enterprise education expert Rich Strudwick and coding specialist Craig Thomas have held a series of workshops for students. First they had to come up with ideas for apps, then Craig helped them create the apps and final workshop was held to investigate selling the apps and creating a market for them.


“It’s great – the students have been really engaged,” Rich Strudwick said. “It’s a good blend, using skills picked up in college and applying them to real life situations. We have Business Studies and IT students working together in way that they might not normally get the opportunity to do.”


Some of the ideas the students had could be developed into commercial products, Rich added.


“I’ve been really impressed – the students have been very thorough and achieved a lot in quite a short time,” Craig Thomas added. “They are working from idea to prototype and possible to commercial reality.”


Level 3 Software Development Sam Phillips said: “The skills I have gained here will help me complete my course.”

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