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Jul 29 2013

Media Students Gain A Hub Of An Experience At Sunderland Airshow

Two young digital media students from Aim High Training Solutions Ltd were given the opportunity and experience of a lifetime when they accompanied me at the Sunderland International Airshow at the weekend.
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Kaitlynn Valchar, 18, Hartlepool and Nick Wetherell 16, Redcar, both on a level 2 digital media apprenticeship with Aim High Training based in Sunderland City Centre, were given the opportunity to accompany Donna Petch from The North East HUB in the media area at Sunderland International Airshow 25th Anniversary.
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The students shadowed Donna for a few hours, during this time they were able to video and take photos on the media podium, talk to journalists, photographers, media and record several interviews including one with Mike Ling (Red 10 of the Red arrows) and Councillor John Kelly (Sunderland Council).
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You can view their interviews here www.youtube.com/user/TheNorthEastHub
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Left to right. Donna Petch, Kaitlynn Valchar, Nick Wetherell and Laura Bell.
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Kaitlynn said “I really enjoyed the airshow today, it was an amazing opportunity and experience, I would definitely do it again.”
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Nick said “It was a great opportunity for me as I have been given a real insight into the digital media job roles I may be able to aim for in the future, thank you to Donna”
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Laura Bell, sales and marketing executive at Aim High said, “For the students to be involved in such a high-profile event in the region and build practical based experience for their apprenticeship is fantastic.”
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“The images and video taken by the students can be used for their portfolio too. What an exciting way to build vital experience, thank you to Donna and The North East HUB.”
Nick and Kaitlynn interview Mike Ling (Red 10)
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Tom Davison, director at Aim High Training said “The opportunity that The North East HUB has given to our digital media students is fantastic. For Kaitlynn and Nick to see how the industry works and what impact digital media has on a major event like the Sunderland Airshow is priceless.”
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“Here at Aim High Training provide apprenticeships programmes in digital media and IT for 16-18 year olds across the region. An experience such as this will prove valuable for their routes into employment.”
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Donna Petch, Owner of The North East HUB said: “I am so pleased I was able to help Kaitlynn and Nick gain hands on experience towards their digital media apprenticeship. They both handled the day great and I was very impressed with their interviews. I would definitely like to offer this opportunity again to other students.”
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The North East HUB is an online organisation to support and promote the North East and was set up by Donna Petch, 31, Roker, over a year ago. The organisation has worked with hundreds of local businesses and events.
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To contact The North East HUB email info@thenortheasthub.com
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For more details on Aim High Training and the courses on offer to young people please call Laura Bell on 0191 565 8113. Twitter @AimHighTSNE or see their Blog: http://aimhightsne.wordpress.com/ for more information.
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