Stepping Stones – Developing Workplace Skills’ Pilot

In the summer of 2014 with a small grant from the European Social Fund we ran a pilot work-experience project in partnership with Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service (NCVS).

NCVS were aware of a number of local voluntary organisations that wanted professional photographs taken of their activities to use for publicity purposes but did not have the necessary financial resources.

We teamed up with one such organisation – Stonebridge City Farm who became our ‘client’ for the purposes of our work-experience pilot. The Farm provided us with a job specification and from 6 June 2014 to 12 July 2014 a team of our learners worked to that job specification. This included meeting with the client to discuss the specification in detail; organising and undertaking a photoshoot which involved taking a range of photographs representing the Farm’s various activities; editing the photographs; and delivering the photographs to the client.

Participant users reported back to the UAG at its meeting on 17 July 2014 that as a result of the project they gained invaluable experience of what to expect when working for a client, how to conduct business meetings with clients, how to communicate with clients’ customers to obtain the required photographs (including obtaining signed customer consent/model release forms) and of delivering work to a schedule and within a specified timeline.

They were particularly proud that the work they produced benefitted a local charity; it was a way of them “giving back” to the community they felt they had not proactively contributed to for many years – for a sample of photos produced for the Farm.

Some of the images from the farm can be seen here