Fife College students paired with arts professionals to help gain work experience

Fife College students eyeing careers in the creative sector are pairing with arts professionals to help them gain important work experience during the pandemic.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 4:00 pm

The students, who are asked to complete 35 hours of work placements for their HND, are working on theatre, film and library events aimed at virtual audiences.

The activities are part of OnFife’s ShineOn programme of online events, which the cultural charity launched post-lockdown last year.

Covid restrictions have changed the usual student experience, with learning taking place online with in-person placements on hold.

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However, Fife College is committed to making sure students still have the best possible experience and are equipped with skills that will stand them in good stead for future careers and support the economic recovery of the region post-lockdown.

Fiona McLeod, event management tutor said: “We really appreciate the opportunities OnFife has helped us secure for those studying Events Management with us.

“We’re determined to ensure that our students don’t miss out as a result of the pandemic and these partnerships are giving them vital work experience.

“All of the knowledge they’re gaining from working with these arts groups will help them in their careers, while also helping promote some great local events.”

Dan Brown, OnFife’s partnerships and creative development manager, said the students’ curiosity and enthusiasm has been hugely beneficial when planning activities.

"Collaborating with the students has been a pleasure,” he said. “It’s a real two-way process and we are learning as much from the students as they are from working with us."

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