Networking event helps students kickstart careers

“The world is changing year on year so as an industry we need to help prepare the future talent coming out of university - and not just those graduating but also students in their first and second year.”

Scott Latimer, Production House Studio

Creative businesses from across the region have been advising students at Staffordshire University how to kickstart their careers.

Professionals from companies - ranging from film, technology and design - attended at a networking breakfast this week as students complete degrees in Art, Design and Creative Technologies.

The visitors also had the opportunity to see the final year work produced by hundreds of students, currently being exhibited in Show and Tell 2016.

Scott Latimer from Production House Studio, based at the Spode Works in Stoke-on-Trent, is a Staffordshire University graduate himself and was delighted to return to his "old stomping ground".

“I think it's important to encourage people to stay and work in the area to sustain the local economy. We're known as the Creative County so we should be proud and embrace that.”

As part of the business's commitment to develop home-grown talent, Production House Studio is developing internships and work experience placements to provide students and graduates with valuable hands on skills.

Scott (pictured with student Natalie Burgher) added: “The world is changing year on year so as an industry we need to help prepare the future talent coming out of university - and not just those graduating but also students in their first and second year.”

BA (Hons) Cartoon and Comic Arts students Tara Washington and Nadia Williams hope to set up their own comic book house after graduating and said the opportunity to network with industry professionals was invaluable.

“This morning has been really useful. With starting up our business we need advice on how to get our name out there, how to find financial backing and how to set up our website. We've made some great contacts and have even found someone who can make comic trailers for us.” commented Tara.

Sharon Roberts, Photography Studio Manager at agency Biglight in Newcastle-under-Lyme, was scouting for creative talent at the event after striking up a successful relationship with the University's recruitment agency, Unitemps.

"It's incredibly useful, I use Unitemps and also have freelance staff so it offers me great flexibility. The ability to get someone in really quick is great."

"Everyone we've had from Staffs has had the right understanding of their role and keenness to learn. The Unitemps staff have been super enthusiastic and really eager to run with any task I've given them."

Sharon currently employees a mixture of graduates and students in both permanent and freelance roles.

"I will definitely continue working with Unitemps to find the right employees. I want to build up bigger pool of people who have the relevant talents that we need for the studio."

Find further information about recruiting students and graduates form Staffordshire University on the Unitemps website.

The Show and Tell exhibition is open to the public until Saturday 20 June. Opening times can be found here.

Contact

Amy Platts
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