Students from City College Plymouth helped this year’s Social Saturday (Saturday 10 October) go digital, by working with RIO to bring a 21st century edge to the national day of celebration for social enterprise.
Four Creative Media students elected to participate in an additional Creative Skills Initiative programme, delivered by RIO in partnership with City College Plymouth, which offers them work experience placements, to put the skills they are learning at college in to practice in the real world.
For Social Saturday the City College students were set the challenge of making the event more interactive. They used their social media skills to help promote the event and during the day of the showcase at Devonport Guildhall they interviewed local social enterprises and edited a video about why social enterprise in Plymouth is important.
Through creating a social Saturday film, the students will work towards a Bronze Arts Award.
Chloe Olver, one of the young people on the Creative Skills Initiative programme said: “Working with RIO has been really useful. Some of the things we did are similar to our course – like the social media – but it’s been really useful to come out of college and do it for real.”
Alice Hornby, also on the Creative Skills Initiative programme added: “There aren’t enough work placements linked to media in Plymouth, so to have this opportunity with RIO has been brilliant. We’ve been treated like members of the team and have been trusted to get on with the project.”
Kate Rowlands, Creative Skills Initiative project lead for RIO said: “The programme provides young people with the opportunity to gain real industry specific experience alongside their College course; Along with employability skills support it equips those who take part with the skillset to move into apprenticeships or work after they complete their course.”
The video created by the young people can be viewed here.