Local companies helping students to Aim Higher

A PHOTOGRAPHY firm from Hucknall are well and truly in the frame as far as the pioneering Ashfield Aim Higher scheme is concerned.

THE PHOTOGRAPHER, of Annesley Road, are actively involved in the project, which has meant more than 20 students across the district being placed in local businesses during the summer.

Twenty-year-old David Roberts, of Sutton-in-Ashfield, who is a student at Southampton Solent University, is in the latter stages of an eight-week placement with The Photographer.

David, who is aiming for a career in journalism, says he has learned a lot about photography during his time with the firm.

He has also been able to develop his artistic talents by designing fliers to promote the company.

Cathy-Marie Robinson, who runs The Photographer, said: "This is the first time I have taken anyone on under the scheme. It has proved well worthwhile and David has been a big help to me."

FORMATION TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT, based in the Byron Centre on Hucknall's Ogle Street, have also taken on Kayleigh Beet, a student at Lincoln University, as part of Aim Higher. She has been working on marketing projects.

Another student, Adam Smithurst, has been placed with TBL Midlands, a drainage and structural repair company, of Allen Street, Hucknall, while Cashfields Credit Union, who are based in Hucknall, have taken part in the scheme too.

Ashfield District Council's senior economic regeneration officer, Ella O'Connor, described Aim Higher as "very successful".

She said: "The scheme is now supported by the European Regional Development Fund and allows us to accommodate first, second and third-year undergraduates from Ashfield.

"Aim Higher is changing perceptions about Ashfield as a place to work from a student's point of view as well as the benefits a young, capable person can bring to a company from an employer's view.

"To date, we have had some excellent feedback from companies where students are demonstrating high levels of capability and initiative and are really helping to make a difference in improving business performance in such delicate times."