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Meet the Industry Liaison Officers

We caught up with our Industry Liaison Officers who will help you gain relevant work experience alongside your chosen course.

Getting you ready to start your career is a top priority at Broadstairs College. As well as learning practical and theory skills, we make sure all students take part in relevant work experience throughout their course. Work experience allows you to boost your CV, put your new skills into practice, and network with professionals in the industry you want to work in. 

To ensure you get the most out of work experience, each department has its own Industry Liaison Officer available to support you. Here are some of the dedicated staff you will be working with: 

Construction - Chenice Butterworth 

Background

After graduating from the University of Kent, Chenice worked as the East Kent Volunteer Coordinator for the Kent Association for the Blind. As well as having a strong background in completing DBS checks and providing training and support, Chenice uses her skills and experiences to help match students' personalities and skills with local employers and organisations.

Helping you

Our Construction department has strong industry links with companies such as W.W.Martin, E. Saunders Electrical, Broadstairs Town Shed and the Port of Ramsgate. Chenice will work with each student to find the ideal work looking at your future career aspirations and the ethos and style of the company.

Many of the placements Chenice has found for students have led to long-term employment, including a work experience placement with Complete Carpentry which led to the student securing an apprenticeship.

Top Tip

Chenice’s Top Tip for work experience success?

“Be yourself and be honest with what you would like to gain from the experience so that your placement is as successful and enjoyable as possible.”


Engineering and Motor Vehicle - Said Elakil

Background

Said has over 15 years’ experience in the employability sector working within further education and universities. Said has worked as a youth mentor and recruitment consultant across various industry and with many big-name employers including BAA, BAE Systems, Capital One, World Dubai Ports and NHS Direct. Using his experience, Said can build good working relationships with employers and work with them and the student to secure beneficial lasting working relationships that lead to real job opportunities.    

Helping You

Said will work with you to understand what you consider to be important for your future employment. In addition to this, Said also arranges many employer-focused events, group business meetings and workshops which will increase your employability skills, build your confidence and support you in accessing various support within the College and wider community.  

The Engineering and Motor Vehicle department has a solid working relationship with employers in and around Thanet which helps students acquire work experience. Over the years the department has built strong rapports with companies such as Amphenol, Stevens & Carlotti, A1 Garage, Thanet Motor Centre, Euro Canterbury, CAT Automobile and many more.

Top Tip

Said's Top Tip for work experience success?

“Most jobs today require you to have the experience, therefore, it is very important to grasp the opportunity offered to you by your Industry Liaison Officer while you are at the College to get as much work experience as you can under your belt as this will strengthen your future job opportunities in your chosen industry”.

Student Success 

Zachary Mendez is a Trainee Operations Engineer at AEM and was delighted with the opportunities he was given at College, “It's been great so far; I'm surrounded by some fantastic engineers who have a wealth of experience I can learn from. I wouldn't be here without Said and the rest of the engineering department at Broadstairs College.” 


Hair and Beauty – Michelle Whittle

Background

Michelle completed her Beauty and Make-up Training here at Broadstairs College. After finishing College, Michelle went on to open her own beauty salon in the local area and continued to work in hair and beauty for 10 years before moving into education. In her role as an Industry Liaison Officer, Michelle is committed to helping students develop their skills and find their chosen career path.  

Helping You

Using her industry links made during her time in the Beauty industry, Michelle will help to place you in an environment relevant to your career goals so that you can hit the ground running once you are qualified. Michelle will work closely with you to prepare you for the world of work saying, “Do well and showcase your talents and you could end up in paid employment, like many past students.”

Top Tip

Michelle’s Top Tip for work experience success?

“Embrace every opportunity that you get. Each one may lead you a step closer to your chosen career path!”


Creative Industries – Mark Norton

Background

Mark trained as a commercial artist and ran a successful graphics company for 10 years, he then went on to work in events and festival management. Mark joined the College in 2001 as a technician and qualified as a teacher in 2004.  During his spare time Mark DJs at various festivals, he is also a drummer and vocalist in several local bands and has been acting since he was young. 

Helping you

Mark uses his industry links and experience to arrange quality work experience opportunities for creative industry students. Mark has found student placements in local radio, theatre, animation, festival stage management as well as commercial photography and filming. As the creative world moves to more online services, Mark is keen to promote new ways of working and thinking in this dynamically growing industry.

Top tip

Mark’s Top Tip for work experience success?

“Your portfolio is your key to success.”     

Catering and Hospitality – Natalie Stone

Background

Natalie has a long history of working in the catering and hospitality industry, working from age 15, Natalie has undertaken various roles like waiting and assisting in the kitchens. Since joining the College 14 years ago, Natalie played a vital role in the Catering and Hospitality department from running the staff bistro and managing the College restaurant to overseeing commercial functions with College students. Natalie’s knowledge of the industry and working with students helps her to find the perfect work placements for students.

Helping You

Natalie’s motto is that there is 'the right workplace for the right person, they just need matching’. To achieve this goal, Natalie personally visits all the placements to meet the team to assess if they are vibrant or laid back? To get a feel for the atmosphere – is it lively or more reserved? To see what style of dishes are being created – are they modern or classical?

All these observations help to ensure that she matches the ‘right workplace to the right person’ and ensures the best experience for both student and employer.

In addition to off-site placements, our Catering and Hospitality students are in a fortunate position to have The Yarrow hotel on site, who are always willing to give our students the opportunity of experience and even paid employment in some cases.

Top Tip

Natalie’s Top Tip for work experience success?

"Go to your placement with an open mind, you can never ask too many questions and remember all the best chefs started on the veg prep section."

Supported Learning - Victoria Ball 

Background 

Victoria worked in retail for ten years progressing to a management role before starting her career in further education. After gaining her teaching and assessors qualifications, Victoria worked for 15 years as an NVQ Assessor in Retail, Warehousing, Customer Service, Team Leading and Business Admin working with a variety of employers in the South East. In 2014 Victoria joined the Supported Learning team at Broadstairs College as a Work Placement Officer.

Helping You 

Victoria uses her industry links and experience to arrange quality work experience opportunities for students in a wide range of industries, both with local and national employers. Victoria is keen to support students to overcome barriers and introduce new ways of developing their skills. 

Top Tip

Victoria’s Top Tip for work experience success?

"Be polite and give every job your best."