At East Coast Media we work hard as tutors to forge links with industry to give our students an experience. These links involve industry coming in to give talks or do workshops and in other instances it is to offer work placement opportunities. It’s important for education and industry to work together. It’s a two way process, at the end of the day these students could be the future employees. It’s an opportunity to have a say and help shape the training and development, so as education providers we get it right.
A recent link that has been forged for journalism students at FE and HE level, is with ConocoPhillips’ Humber Refinery. Their press officer, Nina Stobart, is working with second year National Diploma students on a press conference to take place next month. The students will participate in an emergency exercise and will test their interview techniques and professionalism.
Students will also be working with Nina on helping produce video content for their Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mayflower-Wood-Houltons-Covert/168804863163482. The refinery owns a wood – Mayflower Wood and Houlton’s Covert. This is a great opportunity to write content for a client and practise their journalistic skills. We look forward to working with them on this project.
Visit http://www.mayflowerwood.co.uk/ for more information.