Blackburn College Extended Work Placement

Blackburn College Extended Work Placement

I’m Isaac, a student studying a Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT at Blackburn College and experiencing an Extended Work Placement in industry at whY-us? Sales Marketing Management Solutions Ltd.
 
The placement has been extremely useful to my studies by allowing me to apply my skills practically in a variety of tasks. 
 
I have been developing a live web chat feature to be implemented into their websites (which you might see now in the bottom corner). This will help to improve the accessibility of the sites as well as providing better interaction with visitors. This challenge particularly helped me develop my perspective when creating a product and to better consider a users experience.
 

I have also been working with the web developer Carl with the website development performing a variety of tasks such as creating new pages and working with the E-Commerce platforms. This in particular has helped through experience with real sites, instead of pre-produced scenarios created in college lessons.

The most unique challenges in my work placement have been in providing IT solutions for different purposes. This has varied from simple shortcuts to trying to draw information from API’s. This is helpful for my future plans with university studies in cyber security and networking, where similar skills are needed to work effectively.

The placement has also provided me with general skills which I can apply in everyday life as well as in other industries. This includes the structure of my professional communication, helping to build rapport and share information efficiently.

Overall, the placement has helped me to create a positive mindset towards work that I can carry through to future endeavours.

Lancashire Skills Pledge

My placement demonstrates the commitment whY-us? has shown towards supporting people develop skills and experience in enterprise through the Lancashire Skills Pledge. 

The Lancashire Skills Pledge brings together business and education providers to address skill shortages and boost productivity.

For facilitating my work placement and their continued commitment in supporting people into work, whY-us? was awarded a Lancashire Skills Pledge certificate at a recent celebration event at Preston County Hall.

Blackburn College Placement Success

whY-us? have also recently recruited Kelsey Pilkington, a 2nd year BA (Hons) Digital Marketing Apprenticeship at UCLan to a full time Marketing Executive position. 

Read the article here ‘Welcoming Kelsey to The Team’