Newcastle College works with employers across the North East to ensure that skills and employability remain at the heart of its curriculum, and its degrees are developed in collaboration with industry.
The Innovation SuperNetwork exists to connect businesses in North East England with the business support, opportunities, and finance needed to innovate and grow. Supported by 60 partners, including Newcastle College, their work brings together academia, the private and public sectors to enable opportunities for economic growth.
Shelley Armstrong, Head of Communications & Engagement at Innovation SuperNetwork, said: “We have been close partners with Newcastle College for a number of years, and we really value the breadth of opportunities we have to work together. Whether that’s supporting regional businesses to access top notch training and expertise from the College, or in providing students with opportunities to gain real-world experience through our own work.
“We were really pleased to be able to offer students studying photography the opportunity to apply their skills and capture our events. They have been nothing but professional, their dedication to doing a great job is obvious and we couldn’t be happier with the results."
Work experience is a key part of studying at NCUC, along with guest lectures and industry experienced tutors, designed to help students graduate ready for the world of work.
Photography student Samantha Black commented: “I have worked at two SuperNetwork events so far, which has helped me expand my event photography portfolio and develop my documentary style. The first event I helped at was a very important one as it was the first time NCUC had taken part in the event aimed at 'Unlocking University Expertise’ to support business growth alongside other regional universities. Not only was I there to take photographs, but I was also there representing NCUC and showing local businesses what we are all about and what we can offer.”