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23rd, August 2021

Collaboration with Business School to help young people get work experience

A collaboration event between The High Tide Foundation and Teesside University Business School has been deemed a success after attracting 50 students.


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We collaborated with Teesside University’s Business School to deliver the three-day virtual work experience programme.

The Business School is focused on their industry facing curriculum to deliver the brightest talent and ideas to drive innovation, delivering economic and social impact on a local to global scale.

The free programme attracted 50 students aged 14-18 from schools across the Tees Valley. All students were put into groups and given interactive and collaborative tasks using the Google Classroom platform throughout the event to allow them to work together inspire each other.

The event gave students different tasters of topics such as marketing, finance, logistics and planning. The students then had the opportunity to show their own skills whilst receiving feedback from practitioners and academics.

Dr Jennifer Hagan, Principal Lecturer at Teesside University Business School, who delivered the event, said: ‘The High Tide events have really showcased the future talent of the UK events industry. Every single participant showed their knowledge, displayed great team working and really applied their learning into the challenge.

‘The students came from different areas of study with a mix of interests, which reflected the diversity of the industry itself. Every group came up with an original festival idea that could have been created and made an impact, they were really inspiring.’

Lauren Bywater, High Tide’s General Manager also comments: “After working with Teesside University for a number of years, it was amazing to collaborate on the launch of the new 3-day progress with the Business School.

“Our programmes are designed to showcase career opportunities and provide live engagement with employers, all critical to increase awareness, raise confidence and help young people make more informed decisions. We’re looking forward to planning more programmes together in the future.”

Teesside University has worked with High Tide for many years to provide successful work experience events for students and hopes to provide more students with work experience with the hope to run the same event again in 2022.

If you’d like to support us in connecting more classrooms with careers, provide a glimpse into your sector and engage with young people, please get in touch. It’s completely free and there’s no membership or formal commitment.

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