WSFC students benefit from Guided Sight Training
On Monday, 3rd March, Worcester Sixth Form College Health and Social Care BTEC students participated in some guided sight training delivered by Guide Dogs for the Blind Association – a registered charity that provides mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people, campaigns for the rights of people with visual impairment, educates the public about eye care and funds eye disease research. As part of their course, students complete a unit about communication within the Health and Social Care sector. The College has formed links with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and one of their trainers kindly agreed to provide Guided Sight Training so that students could use this in future workplace situations. The training involved learning to guide clients with sight impairment through doors, up and down stairs and students were also able to discuss other issues such as walking outside in a busy and noisy environment and some of the myths about sight impairment were explained. Sarah Shimmin, subject leader for Health and Social Care BTEC at Worcester Sixth Form College, said: “The students thoroughly enjoyed the session and learnt a lot from using the simulated sight glasses and blind folds. The overarching benefit is that the students now have a better understanding about sight impairments and how to support someone in a practical way."
WSFC Business Students present ideas to Robin Walker
On Friday, 31st January, Robin Walker visited a group of Business BTEC Level 3 students at Worcester Sixth Form College to listen to their plans for a new business. The students presented ideas for a new business start-up and their business plans as part of their assessed work for their BTEC course. Sue Viner, teacher of Business at the College, said: “Robin asked insightful and challenging questions of the students which required careful consideration and an immediate response. This was a valuable opportunity for the students to think on their feet, a skill that they will need to utilise in the business world.” Robin also offered the students advice which made them consider their pricing strategies and the potentially large expenditure that their new businesses would have. Matthew Hawkins, one of the students who presented his business idea to Robin Walker, explains that his initial business idea was to create a piece of software that would allow a business to move its resources around more efficiently. As part of the process, Matthew was able to determine that it would not be practical to aim this product at larger manufacturers and so decided to target the product towards smaller developing businesses with the help of a partner to create the software. Matthew said: “Overall, the experience of making my own product/service has been very enjoyable and has given me a useful insight into what it would be like to set up a business. It has also allowed me to develop my presenting skills which will be very valuable in the future.” Robin Walker, MP, said: “As a member of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee, I was delighted to visit one of the local FE colleges in my constituency to support the development of the entrepreneurs of the future. At the heart of any successful business is a coherent plan and pricing strategy, and I was glad to be able to support the development of the students with focused questions on the realities of their chosen products or services. I was very impressed with the enthusiasm of the students and their understanding of the need to manage cash flow as they sought to grow their businesses, as someone who started their own business, I know how vital this can be.”