Students Enhance Their Job Prospects With Maritime Exhibition

By published 26 March, 2014 No Comments

Young people are aiming to improve their education and employability skills by organising an exhibition to celebrate the maritime history of Redcar and Cleveland.

Redcar and Cleveland College Maritime Project Launch.

The Diploma in Employment, Training and Personal Development students from Redcar & Cleveland College will be taking part in the Heartstone Project, supported by Redcar and Cleveland Council, in a bid to put their organisational and enterprise skills to the test and network with employers.

They launched the project at Redcar Lifeboat Museum accompanied by Mayor Vic Jeffries, where they were able to take some inspiration from their coastal surroundings.

It is hoped dozens of businesses, organisations and individuals take part in the Maritime Project Exhibition in June, where they will have the opportunity to showcase their own history and links to coastal east Cleveland.

About 15 students from the college are taking part in the project, which is designed to give them confidence, new skills and the enthusiasm to either enter the workforce or go on to further study.

Student Tamarah Hegarty, 17, of Carlin How, said: “I am priviledged to have an opportunity to be working on this project as it will develop my enterprise and business skills. It will also develop my social skills and give me the necessary qualities to progress to further my dream of working in journalism.”

Fellow student Leon Forth, 16, from Marske, said: “This project is about gaining new skills and hopefully being better prepared for employment or Apprenticeship training. I feel I will gain skills in communication, teamwork and leadership, which will help me in the long-term.”

Angela McLean, Head of School for Education and Wellbeing, said the ultimate aim was to see the students either settled in work or full-time study.

“The students will be organising the exhibition completely themselves, so it will help them develop a range of skills,” said Angela.

“They need to go out and speak to employers and find relevant people who wish to be part of the exhibition.They will be responsible for finding the venue, publicising the event and sending out invitations. They will be giving themselves a company name and selling greetings cards in order to bring in revenue for the event.

“There is a lot to do, but I think they will love it. It will bring out the best in them.”

Heartstone is a non-profit organisation that aims to break down barriers and improve communication among young people by getting them involved in new projects outside of their comfort zone.

Redcar and Cleveland Council’s Routes to Employment team decided to bring the project to the borough to aid those young people who were not in education, training or work.

Mayor Jeffries said: “It’s wonderful to see the enthusiasm of the young people as they are eager to get involved in something totally different. Hopefully, during the next few months, they will discover hidden talents that they never knew they had.

“Redcar and Cleveland has a rich maritime history, so we hope local businesses and organisations take up the opportunity to exhibit. I, for one, can’t wait to come and see it.”

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