Partnership helps students design positive futures

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Photo: Craig Rodgers, Dylan Wotherspoon, Adam McGoldrick, Pawel Dudzik and Darren Paterson

Aspiring Web Development and Digital Designers at New College Lanarkshire are benefitting from a partnership with a leading design agency – thanks to the positive impact of a former student.

Three students on the Web Development and Digital Design programme at the College’s Motherwell Campus are currently on placement with Made in Scotland following the partnership forming in 2018 after a former student was employed by the company and impressed them with his work ethic and knowledge.

Pawel Dudzik, 33 from Motherwell, completed the HND programme in 2018 while employed as a lorry driver to support his family. He got his lucky break when he successfully gained a role at Made in Scotland as a Web Developer.

Martin McCrum, Managing Director of Aspirare Recruitment who set up the partnership, said: “We were very impressed with the level of knowledge and commitment that Pawel showed, which confirmed how talented the students coming from New College Lanarkshire were.

“We realised that a mutually beneficial partnership between agency and college would give students the additional experience they might need for a successful career in the industry, while ensuring hard workers bursting with enthusiasm and new ideas.”

Martin worked closely with the College, in particular with lecturer Fiona Murnin, to develop opportunities for HNC and HND level students at the College to gain credible work experience.

Fiona said: “Martin McCrum and Adam McGoldrick from Made in Scotland web design agency in Hamilton visited the college and delivered a presentation to the students about how the company had started and developed into a digital agency and what the various challenges and skills gaps in the industry are – giving the students insider knowledge of what the industry in Scotland is really like.

“The students were then invited to apply for a two day a week placement with the company alongside their studies, with successful applicants then invited to interview. This gave the students experience and confidence in the application and interview process – something which is daunting for anyone starting out in their career.”

HND students Craig Rodgers and Darren Paterson were successful in their applications along with HNC student Dylan Wotherspoon, starting work placements in October.

Using their learned skills and knowledge from the College course, the students are gaining experience in various aspects of the role, including creating and updating websites, adding functionality and features, creating promotional advertisements, animating graphics, video editing and optimisation, creating marketing plans and presenting.

Fiona continued: “The students have developed so much in confidence and are learning new skills in the agency every day. Having this experience will be of huge benefit to them when they complete the course and I can’t thank Martin and all the staff at Made in Scotland Design Agency enough for affording them this opportunity.

“We look forward to working together more in the future.”

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