Pop & Rock Studios extends work experience partnership with HRC

Pop & Rock Parties, a party event provider based in Huntingdon, is extending its partnership up with Huntingdonshire Regional College to offer work experience placements to learners.
The partnership allows learners in Photography, Music Technology, Creative Media, IT and Business to gain valuable experience in a working studio environment used to host children’s parties and other celebrations.
Pop & Rock Parties was established in 2013 and, during the last year, it has offered placements to more than a dozen learners at the College.
Music Technology and Creative Media learners provide the sound and visual elements for party-goers to produce their own music videos in the studio whilst Photography students record the day by taking images for people to take away with them.
In addition to supporting individual parties, regular placements are allocated to IT and Business learners who assist in maintaining the website and updating social media platforms.
Lorna Ballard, owner of Pop & Rock Parties said: “All of the students have been so enthusiastic and willing and have proven to be a great asset to the business.
“I am learning as much from them as the other way round, it has been an all-round beneficial experience and we are certainly keen to keep the students involved for as long as we can.”
Pop & Rock Parties and the College have previously collaborated on a charity project with learners involved in the design and production of a Christmas CD in aid of the National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS).
Art & Design learner Magdalena Ciesla said: “I am so glad that my artwork was used and it was a pleasure to help out all the students from Pop & Rock Parties in Huntingdon.
“It was very rewarding to see my work in print for the first time. It will definitely be very beneficial for my portfolio.”
With the new academic year under way, HRC will be continuing to develop their relationship with Pop & Rock Parties into 2016 and new projects are already being planned.
HRC Job Coach, Sarah Fielding said: “Pop & Rock provides our leaners with an excellent variety of invaluable work experience placements in subject areas where it can be a challenging.
“Lorna understands the requirements of our students and is able to tailor the roles and responsibilities to our individual learners.”

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