Work skills boost for students

Published: 15th July 2021

Published by City College

Recently, GLS Lighting, a local stage lighting company, collaborated with us in order to create a covid-safe project for our students to help them gain employability skills and increase student engagement. The aim was for students to work in groups to create the pitch for an event of their choosing and GLS would support the winning team to help them see their event come to life.

Students from Business, IT, Engineering, Photography and Games Design all received a brief that was created as a collaboration between GLS and Connie Carroll, our Industry Placement co-ordinator. This brief guided the students on what they needed to create an event pitch and what the judges would be looking for in the team’s final 15 minute presentations. Students then had a total of 37 hours to research and plan before presenting their proposal.

Our students pitched the following ideas:

  • Level 2 Business- Teachers vs Staff football match with live music
  • Level 2 IT- The Great IT Bake Off- Teachers vs staff!
  • Level 3 IT- How to build your own website (students to run stations and show guests how to create their own workshop)
  • Level 2 Engineering- Bridging the community (contest of who can build the best bridge from items such as lollipop sticks etc)
  • Level 3 Photography- Voice of the Ocean – Charity calendar
  • Level 3 Games Design - Minecraft Competition (who can build the best castle)

Our Industry Placement Co-ordinator and Project Lead, Karen, said: “The GLS project was very valuable to our students as it gave them experience in many different areas such as marketing, finance and team management. It was great to see the student’s confidence developing every week and to see them start working as a team.  We were very proud of how they presented and represented the college with their presentations, it made it very difficult to pick a final winner!”

The final winner was the Level 3 Photography calendar project titled ‘Voice of the Ocean’ which aims to raise money through sales of the calendar for Surfers Against Sewage and raise awareness of what they do. GLS awarded the winners the prize of covering the printing costs for the first 100 calendars.

Jac from GLS said: “We are really excited to have taken part in the covid-safe student project with City College.  Being able to engage students from a wide variety of disciplines, especially in such difficult times, and being presented with final bids of such good quality shows that even when times are hard, creativity will shine through. Big congratulations to the winners of course, but also special thanks to all those who took part.”

Photography student Megan Sharp from the winning group also added: "Not only has our awareness for the charity ‘Surfers Against Sewage’ increased but also as a group, we were given the opportunity to gain skills and confidence in a variety of different business elements that some may not have experienced before. Winning overall was the cherry on top!"

Congratulations to everyone involved and a huge thanks to GLS for supporting our students.