The Isle of Wight College’s business and travel & tourism departments recently held the second ‘Business to Business’ networking event in the Isle of Wight College’s Restaurant. The event was managed and coordinated by second year BTEC National Diploma students, who worked extremely hard to ensure its success.

The day consisted of first year students from Extended and Higher National Diploma in Business, as well as students from Travel and Tourism, engaging in conversation with employers such as Darren Button, manager of Red Funnel, Lee Harris, manager of Tesco’s telecoms department, Mark Rhodes, co-founder of Hose Rhodes Dickson, Terence and Mark Willey, owners of Terence Willey & Co, and Karen Eeles, the coordinator for fundraising at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

The purpose of the event was to allow students to gain knowledge of the current market and to gain an understanding of what is required of them in terms of education, skills and experience. The students felt the event was a success as employers provided positive feedback in the form of questionnaires and verbal praise.

The event itself was funded by the Learning Skills and Improvement Service (the sector-owned body that aims to accelerate the drive for excellence in the learning and skills sector), who will use the information compiled from feedback and reports in order to circulate to schools, colleges and jobcentres to raise awareness of employers’ needs.

The day was a huge success. Feedback from students and employers reflected how professionally put together the event was. The students look forward to compiling and then sharing the tips given by employers and It is hoped that the information gathered will be of benefit to the Island community.

Stephen Corbett, Section Leader for Business

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