STUDENTS inspired by an insight into the world of work have put their skills to the test to promote stronger links between education and business.
Bexhill College students were challenged to work with Marshall Tufflex to produce the video highlighting the work of the county’s employers in supporting the skills agenda as part of the East Sussex Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN).
Teacher, Katherine Rush said the assignment had been a “brilliant experience” for students and had enabled them to develop new skills and build confidence.
“We are really fortunate to have a real client and brief to work to, to provide the students with a real opportunity and one they can use on their CV/personal statement for university,” she said.
Student Jay Jay said: “It was a great experience for me because it’s something I’ve never done before, and I’ve gained new skills from doing this.”
Fellow student Jessie added: “The corporate video was a good experience seeing what it would be like working in the real world.”
East Sussex EAN is a Skills East Sussex initiative, funded by East Sussex County Council and the Careers and Enterprise Company, is part of a national scheme linking secondary schools and colleges with local business to help them develop enterprise and careers education strategies and boost skills.
Councillor Rupert Simmons, the county council’s lead member for economy, said: “We are delighted with the efforts of students from Bexhill College in promoting the benefits of the EAN. It’s a fantastic example of the capabilities of young people when given an opportunity, and shows the strong links between the college and local employer, Marshall Tufflex.
“Providing young people with real life opportunities to develop skills and gain experience in the work place is extremely important, and it is great to see the difference the scheme has made to the students.
“Through our EAN we support businesses to help the future workforce and address skills gaps in the county. I would encourage more businesses, schools and colleges to take full advantage of the benefits of this scheme.”
With support from an Enterprise Coordinator, who is funded by the county council and The Careers and Enterprise Company, businesses help a school develop strategies including activities and information to promote careers paths and employability skills, and help students build links with other local businesses.
Committed to tackling the skills gap in the county, Marshall Tufflex is one of many local businesses signed up to the scheme. The company has recently signed up to become a Cornerstone Employer for the newly announced Hastings Opportunity Area, committing to working with schools to inspire pupils.
Steve Baldry, HR Manager at Marshall Tufflex, said: “The majority of our employees come through the UK’s education system, so as an employer the need to engage and work with schools and colleges to build a better bridge between the world of work and education is important, especially if we’re to help shape and inform tomorrow’s workforce on our specific needs and help develop their work skills.”
To view the video produced by students from Bexhill College video and to find out more about the East Sussex Enterprise Adviser Network, visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/business/eastsussex/selep/enterprise-adviser-network/about-the-enterprise-adviser-network/