Opportunity South Essex gain insight from Seevic students

Thursday, 08 June 2017

WebsiteAs part of Seevic College’s College Company Insight, Business students were hailed as “shining lights” for building a new website for a South Essex organisation.

Approached by Opportunity South Essex three months ago, students on the college’s BTEC Level 3 Business were given the opportunity to put together a website that can be used to highlight the work of the partnership.

As a result, 40 websites were created with the top three presented to the Board of OSE this week by developers Chloe Denby, 18, Harrison Sprules, 19, and Cameron Green, 18.

Made up of 15 local authorities and businesses including Essex County Council, C2C Rail and Chamber of Commerce, the OSE partnership aims to raise the profile and improve the economic prosperity of South Essex for the benefit of local businesses and residents.

Kate Willard, Chair of OSE and Head of Corporate Projects for Stobart Group, said: “We went to Seevic for help with our website, and are really impressed with the results.

“It has allowed OSE to gain a great starting point for our website, and we would love to work with Seevic further in the future to build on this.

“It has been a joy to work with the students. They have been shining lights throughout this process, and we are so grateful.”

Kate requested that the students forward their CVs to OSE so that the businesses and local authorities on the Board can offer them further experience within the industry.

Including elements such as opinion polls, banners and carousels, the project gave the students an opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge within marketing even more.

Student Harrison said: “Although it was quite daunting presenting to the Board, I have really enjoyed building a website that promotes the region and offers others an understanding of what OSE stand for.”

Phillip Stone, Business Programme Coordinator and Insight lead at the college, added: “Insight allows our students to work with real companies on real projects, giving them a taste of business life.

“Working with OSE has given the students relevant experience that they can embed within their coursework, and it’s even better knowing that the websites are a useful tool for the organisation.”

Seevic College, located in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet, has created two College Companies – Live Creative and Insight. Students from the Art & Design faculty work as part of Live Creative on briefs set by real companies. This could involve anything from graphic design to 3D digital modelling, filmmaking, photography and music production.

Business students working as part of Insight offer services including market research, mystery shopping and event management. 

By working with real clients in a professional environment, students not only gain valuable work experience and examples of finished work for their portfolios but also develop employability skills to prepare for the world of work.

Principal Dan Pearson said: “Our College Companies give students the chance to work on real life projects and gain valuable experience in the working world. The projects given to our young professionals are exactly what they would receive if they were working in design, business, or any of the related industries. Not only do we provide an excellent service to businesses, whether that is filmmaking, design or market research, our students can use these projects as examples to show to future employers.

“This is what Seevic College is all about. We are here to give our students a strong foundation and make sure when they leave they do so with the skills employers want.”

To find out more, visit www.seevic-college.ac.uk/insight.

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