Reid Kerr College “New college learning“ programme – Creative Photography.

RKC approached Engage to participate in the programme by providing 5 students with an opportunity to take part in a 6 week work placement.
The placement consisted of the 5 students being on placement two days a week with Engage to create a photo-bank of “community engagement” within our membership.



Julie Cooper From Reid Kerr College approached Engage to participate in the “New college learning programme” The focus of this new programme delivered by the college is to ensure young people seeking employment have the skills and experience required by Scotland’s employers. The NCLP combines work experience with an employer and time in College developing employability skills. The programme is targeted primarily on 16-24 year olds not in full time employment. Each student will have to produce a portfolio to a high standard and demonstrate the right work ethics and attitude. Successful students will have an opportunity to be considered for a full time course which starts in August 2013. Engage was asked to provide 5 students with an opportunity to take part in a 6 week work placement. The placement consisted of the 5 students working for two days a week with Engage to create a photo-bank of “community engagement” within their membership.

The broad aims of the projects
Our Photo Bank! – We require a range of photographs to illustrate effectively our key delivery responsibilities – ‘community engagement’, ‘volunteers’, ‘social’, ‘enterprise’ etc.
The students will visit a range of groups and local centres within Renfrewshire. They will be tasked with creating formal groups shots but also ‘reportage’ shots of informal groups, the local environment, and events. The students will be asked to engage with the groups and individuals involved and understand the paperwork & processes required to ‘release’ images for use. They will also be expected to feedback to the groups and present images.

The project will run for the duration of the student placements with the sessions being a mix of on location shoots and desk research. Students may be required to ‘pitch up’ at various locations and may be placed for one or two days at a time in various sites across Renfrewshire. Named contacts for site visits will be provided. Students will be expected to participate in an Engage Renfrewshire induction, including complying with Engage Renfrewshire’s health & safety and human resource processes and policies. As well as gather knowledge of the Company responsibilities and take part in feedback sessions at the end of each day.

At week three (Mid point) of the placement the Students delivered a short presentation of their works to date to the Chief executive from Engage. This was to assess the photo bank and the types of shots to date and to make recommendations / amendments. The presentation was well received by the Chief executive on both the quality and variety of shots taken.
The students also attended college two days a week to develop their skills & techniques, build their portfolios and to carry out desk top research.
At the end of the placement the Students will present their works at presentation ceremony where they will meet up with a similar group who were based at the Kibble and deliver a joint showcase of their portfolios.

Julie Cooper from Reid Kerr College said;
“I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your hard work and your support throughout this new programme. Working with Engage Renfrewshire has been excellent, in particular your fantastic organisation skills and great approach with the young learners has made this project a great success. I personally have seen the young people grow in confidence and responsibility during this programme and a big credit goes to Engage for supporting the project and making this happen”.

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