Ambitious Bury College students are continuously encouraged to further develop and expand their creative skills through innovative work experience opportunities within dynamic industry settings.

The Bury College Work Experience Hub matched students to work experience opportunities that would best suit their career aspirations. Work experiences plays an important part in all Bury College study programmes and adds great value to students CVs as well as enhances confidence and communication skills.

At Media City, the growing hub of media and digital businesses, A Level student Zara Gallimore was completing her work experience placement at Nine Lives Media, a double BAFTA, RTS and International Emmy award winning television production company.

Gaining a practical insight into a company that makes programmes for major UK broadcasters and American channels, Zara had a glimpse of what it would be like working in her dream job. Zara spent her five days transcribing interviews and shadowing work taking place in the editing suite.

Zara, who is a former Rivington and Blackrod High School and Sixth Form student and is studying A Level Media, Sociology, English Literature and History, said, “This week has been so interesting, being in the place that makes such incredible television. Every day has been different and I have learnt so much.”

Emily Collett, Production Co-ordinator at Nine Lives Media said, “Zara has been great during her work experience placement. We have had several Bury College students complete placements with us and have been impressed with them all. They have been engaged and very mature and look forward to working with Bury College in the future.”

Over in Manchester City Centre, Computer Programming students Tim Davies, Daniel Stoliar, Nickolas Torkoniak and Oliver Wilkinson secured placements at Codethink, a software engineering company. This enterprising company invests in and utilises open source software (FOSS) and tailors it to suit individual clients. The company looks after a number of high profile global clients from across the world including USA, Europe and Asia, working across a range of industries including finance, automotive, medical and telecoms.

The students were given a unique insight into the types of projects Codethink work on and the different business models they design. There was also the chance to network with lead engineers and learn about the different projects they were working on as well as programming.

Stephen Jones, CFO of Codethink enjoyed having the students on-board for five days. Stephen said, “I have been very impressed with the Bury College students, they have all showed great enthusiasm and applied themselves diligently throughout the week. This work experience was a valuable chance for them to have exposure to the perhaps less well known options available within the software development industry. Offering work experience opportunities is part of a long-term recruitment campaign to find potential engineers within the UK and to bridge the growing skills shortage.”

All four students benefited from the work experience opportunity immensely and appreciated the valuable experience they took away.

Oliver, a former Woodhey High School pupil said, “It was so interesting to see what the engineers were doing and learning about the different functions that they use.”

Former St Monica’s RC High School pupil Nickolas added, “I learnt a lot during my work experience and enjoyed working in a software environment. It was also a great opportunity to talk to experienced team members and have the opportunity to be taught new programme languages.”

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