Hampshire industries give students the competitive edge

Published: 12th February 2019

Published by City College Southampton

Our creative arts and service sector students recently enjoyed an action-packed industry week, during which they had in-depth experiences of many Hampshire businesses, which highlighted a variety of sector-specific jobs and helped them develop specialist skills and knowledge.

Industry Week this year runs from 4th – 8th February and aims to arm students with additional skills and information about what it’s really like in the world of work and to help them understand what will give them the best chance to follow their dream career.

Throughout the week a host of local businesses and organisations gave a variety of talks, masterclasses, tours, demonstrations and set challenges. A few highlights of the programme included: Health Care students gained an insight into the professional work of the paramedics whilst Early Years gained an insight into primary school teaching; Hair students benefitted from various professional demos and got the low-down on the latest hair colour trends from Wella; Beauty students participated in bamboo massage and reflexology masterclasses; Art and Design students heard about life as a professional architectural illustrator and how to go freelance; Production Arts students got specialist rigging training and had a fascinating insight into the manufacturing and use of specialist light filters and colour gels; whilst Hospitality and Catering students gained valuable butchery skills, competed in a “cook-off” and participated in a chocolatier workshop with world-class master of chocolate Mark Tilling.

Pennyhill Park Hotel & Spa, Harvest Fine Foods, Essential Cuisine, Surgital, Highland Crown, LEE Filters, DND Services, Peter Jarvis Artist, South Central Ambulance Service, Bitterne CE Primary School, Johnjo's Barbers, Tim Hughes Hair, Salon Supplies and Wella Professional were some of the many businesses involved this year.

Principal, Sarah Stannard, said: “We know how vital it is to their future success that students meet employers regularly.  It really helps young people to understand directly from employers what they are looking for when they recruit and during every Industry Week students discover that there are a wider range of jobs they could do with their qualifications than they ever dreamed of. That’s why at City College we run many initiatives like Industry Week, which mean our students leave with much more than a qualification; they leave with a head start in life.

“Our excellent business links and contacts in industry are invaluable to this work and we’re extremely grateful for their continued support.”