Over the last few months various departments within Patrick Parsons have conducted a number of careers activities with students at Wakefield College.
Our IT Manager, Stephen Pearson, has been working with students in Year 1 of their Level 3 Computing Course. In addition to delivering a question and answer session during National Careers Week, Stephen also developed a workplace based IT Project for learners on the course to complete.
Working in teams, the students were given a week to complete the project and had to present their work to the judging panel made up of Stephen, Patrick Parsons Marketing Coordinator, Tara Hamilton and Helen Law, Wakefield College Work Placement Officer.
The winning team of students have been awarded for their hard work with a prize of shopping vouchers and will go on to compete in the next round of the project, where they will be up against students from Activate Learning Colleges in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Surrey, who are also taking part in this exercise.
Matt Goodlad, Head of Curriculum for Digital Industries, Computing, Business and Travel & Tourism at Wakefield College, said, “We would like to thank Stephen Pearson and everyone at Patrick Parsons for offering our students a real insight into the day to day workings of an IT department. Having employers actually share their knowledge and experience of the industry with our students in invaluable. They have clearly benefited from the virtual work placement week, and have left with a better understanding of future roles they hope to progress into in the future. It was a genuine success!”
The project provided the students with the opportunity to think about how their studies can be used in real work place situations, as well as giving them the chance to develop their softer skills, such as team work and presenting.
When asked about his involvement with Wakefield College, Stephen said, “It’s been a pleasure to work with the students at Wakefield college and giving them an insight into the workings of an IT Department. They should all be proud of the work they did on their projects and I hope it has helped them develop their thoughts on which aspect of IT they would like to focus on.”
Patrick Parsons are committed to working with schools and colleges across the country and hope that we can continue to develop this relationship with Wakefield College.