Digital North Lanarkshire is a project funded through the College and Community Learning and Development Partnership. The main vision is that everyone in North Lanarkshire has fair and equal access to digital technology through any form of learning: one-to-one support, groups, peer education, formal or informal.
The team are in the process of creating a website that will contain information on all organisations delivering digital technology in North Lanarkshire. This will be an excellent tool for signposting throughout North Lanarkshire.
As part of the funding, they ran a student competition with web design students. Students were required to present examples of their work and state why they should be selected.
The two winning students were Pawel Dudzik and Darren Paterson. They will complete training on the Umbraco content management system and how a website is built and work alongside the project team one day a month whilst continuing their studies. Both students also received a Microsoft Surface Pro each to enable them to carry out their work on the project.
HNC Digital Design and Web Development student Darren Paterson said:
“We had the opportunity to create a presentation to win experience. This is the line of work I want to get into and this experience, to me, is invaluable. To get the chance to work on a live project is exciting and I’m really looking forward to it. The design aspect is what interests me most and I will be able to build my portfolio to help me gain work in the future.”
HND Digital Design and Web Development student Pawel Dudzik said:
“I do a bit of everything from creating content, to design and also coding, so this opportunity will give me experience of the whole process of creating a website from start to finish. I’m hoping that it will lead to an apprenticeship or work afterwards.”
Darren Wilson, Creative Director of Edinburgh-based Pogo Studio who were selected to create the Digital North Lanarkshire website, said:
“It’s great to be on board with this project with Digital North Lanarkshire. I look forward to working with Pawel and Darren, training them on the systems they will use and helping them build their skills and knowledge for their future career.”
Sandra Maguire, Digital North Lanarkshire Project Manager, said:
“We had a really high number of submissions for this opportunity but Pawel and Darren just had the edge over the others. You could see they were very passionate with the work they had completed both at college and outside of college. It shows how dedicated they were and that they want to make web design their career. We’re glad to give them the opportunity to gain experience within the Digital North Lanarkshire project.”