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T-Level Digital Learners gain valuable industry experience on extended work placements

First-year learners studying NSCG's T-Level Digital pathway have been getting industry ready after heading out into the workplace on their extended placements in businesses across the region.

As part of their studies, T-Level learners have the opportunity to participate in an extended industry placement that lasts at least 45 days to help them to develop their practical skills within a workplace environment.

Ricardo Julian has been on placement with PH Production Services who specialise in technical and video production services for live events, and had the incredible opportunity to join the team out on location at a UK entertainment venue to assist with the installation of cabling, speakers, TV screens and digital projectors.

Talking about his experiences on placement, Ricardo said: "I've had the opportunity to get hands-on with Russell and the team and being out on site has been really interesting. I have learnt all about the protective equipment needed for work in the industry and also had the chance to work with InDesign, Photoshop and digital camera editing."

Exploring another career opportunity within the digital sector, Archie Brownsword and Justin Tyson have joined the team at Stoke-on-Trent based Cyberkiln on their placements to support their highly-skilled team who work on bespoke website design and software development.

Commenting on his placement, Archie said: "I chose this T-Level course as it provides me with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience under the guidance of experienced professionals, thereby enhancing my knowledge and skills within my chosen field of study. The prospect of working alongside industry experts is both stimulating and enlightening, and will aid in my progression towards a successful career. I enjoy working at CyberKiln, alongside highly intellectual people that take great care in teaching me what I need to know for the future."

Meanwhile, Harvey Simpson secured his extended placement as an Apprentice Desktop Engineer at the Royal Stoke Hospital. Harvey said: "During my placement, I have been responsible for the implementation of new technologies within a ward of the hospital, which provided me with invaluable hands-on experience in the field of IT and networking. My key responsibilities included the installation, configuration and maintenance of computer hardware and peripherals, as well as ensuring that all Ethernet wall ports were operational and functional. This required me to exercise critical thinking and troubleshooting skills, as I had to identify and resolve any technical issues that arose. Overall, it was a challenging but highly rewarding experience, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the NHS and contribute to the smooth functioning of the hospital's IT infrastructure."

Citizens Advice Bureau have given Armands Vite and Noah Finney a warm welcome to their Stoke-on-Trent City Centre base giving them the chance to get involved in a variety of digital marketing and content creation projects including videos and crafting eye-catching social media posts for the charity.

Noah Finney said: "The CAB have made us feel at home. It's a nice environment and the team are easy to talk to people. I have really enjoyed finding out more about the services on offer and how marketing activities can really help."

Armands Vite added, "We've learned how to use Canva to help us design effective graphics and videos and also had the chance to analyse social media activity based on data and analytics."

Find out more about T-Levels at NSCG here.