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WKC student wins prize in Career College digital talent project

Monday 9 April 2018

 

A nine-week ‘live’ project set by Career Colleges with Amazon Web Services and Comic Relief, has come to an exciting climax, with a WKC student receiving a prize for showing exemplary organisation.

The 60 students involved had been challenged to develop a solution within the digital space to engage more 16-24 year olds with Comic Relief and secure their future support, with final presentations taking place in front of a panel of judges from Amazon, Comic Relief and the Career Colleges Trust.

We’re really proud of WKC student, Yasmin Dmello, studying IT, who won an award for showing great improvement in her organisation skills. She said: “This project really helped me sharpen my time management skills with the planning deadlines and need to complete tasks on time. Team working was really important as we had to ensure that everyone in the group contributed fully to our presentation. I also gained a lot of confidence in public speaking.”

Elsewhere, in a very tight contest, a team from Barking & Dagenham College triumphed as overall winners, as well as picking up awards for Best Presentation and Best Run project.

Teams from BMet College and Harrow College both scooped the prize for Best Solution, as the judges couldn’t choose between their projects. A prize for Best Reflection was awarded to a team from BMet College and five individual prizes, of which Yasmin was one, were given to students who demonstrated exceptional Career College skills.

Initial proposals to this challenge were submitted at the end of last year and three winning ideas were selected – ‘Think Feel Do’, ‘Red Hand Print’ and a ‘Malaria application.’ Students were then split into groups of five and given one of these three ideas to develop and create a digital application.

Alongside coming up with an innovative solution, students had to cost and plan the project out. They had attended an initial brief at AWS’ offices in January and had to hold regular meetings, mirroring a real-life industry project.

Digital Lead for the Career Colleges Trust, Julia Von Klonowski, said:

“This project was the second one we have undertaken with AWS – part of our ongoing plan to increase young people’s awareness of the digital industry and the roles available.

“The standard of presentations and ideas today blew me away. The winning teams were exceptional and I have no doubt that everyone involved has an exciting digital career ahead of them.”

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