A trio of Media Practice students from Sunderland College will showcase their skills and talent at the Further Education sector’s flagship event.

Madison Henderson, Lydia Judge and Chloe Meadows will travel to Birmingham for the Association of College’s (AoC) Annual Conference and Exhibition to work alongside media and events professionals after being selected for the organisation’s Student Skills Showcase.

The students are keen to pursue a career in media marketing, journalism and event management, and being part of such a prestigious event will give them the opportunity to gain invaluable experience with esteemed professionals.

During the two-day event, one of the biggest of its kind, Madison and Lydia will be part of the AoC’s press and communication’s team where they will gain experience of what happens in the conference media room and speaking with journalists.

Chloe will assist in the delivery of over 40 breakout sessions, keynotes and receptions, as well as working front of house with the Events Management team.

For students that were interested in taking part in the Student Skills Showcase, applications were submitted by their Programme Lead, listing the skills that highlight their ability to provide a real contribution to the selected work experience category, along with a supporting statement.

Sally Taylor, Creative Media Programme Lead, said: “We are so proud of Lydia, Madison and Chloe. All have a strong passion and have showcased their creativity and technical abilities throughout their course.

“They are dedicated, enthusiastic and adaptable individuals who will make a successful contribution to the AoC Annual Conference and Exhibition and I look forward to seeing them thrive at the event.”

The AoC Annual Conference and Exhibition will see leaders, innovators, and trailblazers from the Further Education sector come together at the Birmingham NEC to discuss, debate, and shape the response to some of the country’s biggest issues.

The conference is also a chance for educators to learn from and be challenged by inspiring speeches and sessions from leading figures from government, business, education and beyond.

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