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Nick Simmonds, freelance Assistant Director on many big screen blockbusters, including Star Wars Episode 3 The Revenge of the Sith and Harry Potter the Order of the Phoenix, as well as popular TV series Misfits, spoke to Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) Media students about his job and what it’s like to work in the TV and Film industry.

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The talk provided Creative Media Production (TV and Film) UAL Level 3 students with an insight into what it is like to work on such high profile films and television series, including the hard work and organisation that goes into the job.

Nick’s niece, Izzy Simmonds is a Media student on the course at RuTC and arranged for him to come and speak to her classmates. Izzy says: “My uncle has been my inspiration for studying media, so it was great that he was up for coming in and speaking to my classmates about his work. It was surreal to see him speaking to my friends at college, but I am proud of what he does and I hope my classmates got a lot out of it. When I finish at RuTC, I would like to follow in my uncle’s footsteps.”

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During National Apprenticeship Week 2018 (Monday 5 - Friday 9 March), current and prospective students attended a range of activities and events at Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) to find out more about apprenticeships.

This year’s National Apprenticeship Week theme focussed on ‘apprenticeships work’. As part of this, RuTC’s dedicated employer engagement and apprenticeships team, Training Solutions, organised tutorial group sessions for current students. Members of the local community who were interested in finding out more about apprenticeships were also invited to attend one of four drop-in sessions running throughout the week.

In addition, RuTC hosted an apprenticeships workshop on Wednesday 7 March. Open to aspiring apprentices, the workshop included a range of activities and specialist information from employers, current apprentices and college staff. Susan Pieterse, Head of Employer Engagement at RuTC, said, “My team works closely with a wide range of local and national employers who all appreciate the value and benefits of apprenticeships in their organisation”.

Susan added, “It is great having a week that celebrates the success of apprenticeships nationally. RuTC offers a great apprenticeships provision, so it is important for us to reach out to our current students, and young people in schools across London, Surrey and the local community with our diverse offering.”

“We had a great week. Over 200 people expressed their interest in our apprenticeships. We hosted several events during the week, all of which were well attended by prospective apprentices of all ages from across London and Surrey.”

Recently BTEC Level 3 IT and A Level Maths and Computer Science students at Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) visited Barings Asset Management based in Liverpool Street, London, as part of a student mentoring programme organised by Barings’ Director and Global Head of Compliance, Rob Knight.

Students were taken to Barings’ conference room and attended several talks with key managers within the organisation. They were able to learn about asset management and how IT plays an integral role in the effective running of international organisations and how this links with project management topics related to their studies. Managers spoke to the students about their roles and experiences on the careers ladder. RuTC students were also given the opportunity to ask questions after every session.

Jay Towers, BTEC Level 3 IT Extended Diploma student, said, “It was great to hear from people at the top of the company and hear about their roles.”

Students who attended the trip are now looking into work experience with Barings. Sam Martin, BTEC Level 3 IT Diploma Student, added “I loved how professional the meeting was. The people I met were very friendly and interesting and it made me want to work experience at a prestigious city company.”

If you would like to find out more about IT courses and apprenticeships at Richmond upon Thames College, click here.

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