The rain did not dampen the College’s students spirit as they worked in various retail and leisure outlets in Whiteley last week.

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In partnership with Whiteley Shopping Centre, this year’s Highbury Handover included more than 30 students from the business, public services, catering, journalism, media and music sectors.

Level 3 business student Faith Powell, who was one of the project managers, said: “I had the chance to give students the opportunity to be in real work placements and the day gave me a true understanding of how workers cooperate in order to complete tasks.”

Public Services student James Burridge added: "For me this was about getting community experience, especially the ability to have the skills to work within the community.”

The annual event, which has been running for four years in total, gives students the opportunity to develop their employability skills in a real working environment while enhancing their CVs.

Business lecturer Sara Ellul said: “Highbury Handover was another huge success this year providing the business students with the opportunity to put their event management skills to the test. It adds so much to their learning experience and really brings theory to life. The employers were extremely happy and some gave references and even offered jobs to students. This has really boosted student confidence meaning that they will now come back into class more focused and motivated. Win-win!”

Centre manager at Whiteley Mia Gordon said: "Whiteley is always looking to develop projects that help progress the skills of young people in our area. Now in its third year, Highbury Handover 2018 was a great success with a large number of our retailers and restaurants offering vital work experience to local students. As ever, the students from Highbury were enthusiastic, professional and a credit to their college."

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  • Date 27/04/2018