28th April 2017
South Devon College are proud to support our university students that have recently completed The Placement and Internship Award. This award recognises the importance of students gaining relevant experience, in order to enhance their employability, subject and industry knowledge and to identify potential career paths.
The award is also designed to support students with the financial costs of undertaking extra-curricular work experience such as placements and internships.
Foundation Degree Psychology with Sociology student Sarah Pugh has received the award and is now in the process of starting an ongoing voluntary work placement with Devon Partnership NHS. Sarah will be volunteering with the Perinatal Department at Exeter Hospital, speaking with women who have recently used the service as a result of experiencing postnatal depression.
The Placement and Internship Award was launched in February 2017, and was open to all students studying a Higher National Certificate (HNC), Foundation Degree (FdSc) or a top-up year at South Devon College. This was a great opportunity for the students, having a total of seven learners on board.
Foundation Degree Drama, Performance and Arts Management student Hugh Malyon, who has also received the award, has recently attended an ‘Introduction to Directing’ course at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, which was run as part of the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme. He was the only participant attending from outside the Plymouth area and was able to develop his knowledge and practice as a theatre director.
Upon completion of The Placement and Internship Award, Foundation Degree Biosciences student Lucy Ayres is now work shadowing senior embryologist Dr Sally Doidge in the IVF clinic at Derriford Hospital for one week. Lucy is interested in the field of Reproductive Science, and hopes that the opportunity will increase her knowledge and provide valuable experience in this area.
As part of the process, the students were required to complete an application to explain how the experience would enhance their understanding of their award, and make a robust positive impact on their career plans and employability. This has enabled the learners to become more confident and experienced in their chosen field.
Other students that have received the award:
Louie Houlahan, studying a Bachelor of the Arts Leadership and Management degree was also among the students that received the award. Louie completed a three week placement with Sainsbury’s Menswear Buying Team.
Thomas Chapman and Dominic Hall, Foundation degree Yacht Operations students, are undertaking a three week voyage aboard the Rona Sailing Project’s yacht Rona II (a 68ft Oyster Ketch) in April.
Second year Foundation degree Film and Photography student Nicole Rosen is in the process of arranging a placement, focussing on the use of moving image therapy. This will support her application to study a Masters at Plymouth College of Art studying her proposed area of research, which is Virtual/Augmented Reality content.
We wish all of our students the best of luck with their future plans.
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