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Students paint Sun FM

Sunderland College construction students with radio presenters Simon and Danni

Construction Students from Sunderland College have been sprucing up Sun FM’s headquarters.

Five students visited the radio station as part of a work experience placement where they redecorated some of the office space.

And as an added bonus, they even got the chance to meet Sun FM’s breakfast show presenters Simon and Danni.

Josh Dixon, Phoebe Collins, Danielle Conn, Kane Maple and Calum Robson, who are studying levels 1 and 2 painting and decorating, carried out the work under the guidance of their lecturer Leigh Wiley.

He said: “We are really pleased to offer our services to Sun FM. Taking part in placements such as this gives our students the chance to use the practical skills they have learnt on their course and apply them to a real working environment. We are keen for our students to undertake a range of work experience opportunities – not only does it advance their skills further, but it also helps prepare them for their future careers once they leave college.”

All painting and decorating students are now taught from City Campus, the college’s flagship professional and technical campus which offers specialist training and facilities in a range of vocational areas, including construction, engineering, travel and tourism, catering, and hair and beauty.

The work experience placement was organised in partnership with Reed NCFE, which has a base at the college’s Bede Campus and offers careers guidance to students and helps them find work experience opportunities.

Victoria Moyse, employment team leader for Reed NCFE, said: “Our focus has always been working in partnership with Sunderland College to create meaningful work experience opportunities with the aim of increasing employment opportunities, on the job skills and industry exposure for the students.

“Real life projects such as the redecoration of Sun FM give the students enable the students to put the skills their learn in college into practice in the world of work, which in turn enhances their CVs and gives the students experiences to talk about in future job interviews. This all builds to our ultimate goal of equipping Sunderland College students with the skills they need for the labour market and helping prepare them for their future careers.”

Sun FM and Sunderland College have worked closely together in the past, with the radio station offering several work placements to media students.

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