Placement students share their experience of Aurion

Aquinas placement students

Aqcuinas A Level Students Conor Loughran and Matthew Smith getting the low-down on web development and motion graphics from Christopher McAuley, Graphic Designer at Aurion Learning 

As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitment to create opportunities for young people to learn new skills and prepare them for a career in the chosen field, we take students on both short and long term work-based learning placements each year

Over the past few weeks, we’ve provided local A level students from Aquinas Grammar School and The Royal Belfast Academical Institution with an insight into web development and graphic design.

These week long placements are very much a ‘hands-on’ approach, each student is paired with an experienced member of our team and is mentored and coached on developing new skills and teaching the students some tricks of the trade.

Aquinas students, Matthew Smith and Conor Loughran were able to put their newly acquired skills into action and recorded an account their experience with Aurion. Take a look:

Having provided full-time permanent employment to our previous placement students and our former collaboration with Business in the Community’s Charter Work Inspiration, we know that students benefit greatly from these opportunities. Students not only gain experience and a greater understanding of the work place and learn how important it is to master the various skills required to carry out a job function, these placement opportunities also help reduce barriers to employment.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll once again team up with Queens University Belfast to offer yearlong work-based placements for undergraduates, details on how to apply will be announced soon.

We’d like to wish all our placement studies the very best of luck with the rest of their studies and A Level exams.

Getting wrapped up for NICFC

AWU Twitter taking partFridays are always a great day in the office. For some it signals the end of the work week, others the usual trip to the chippie at lunch for some well-deserved fish and chips.

On Friday past, the team at Aurion pulled on our finest festive jumpers and snuggled up to take part in Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children (NICFC) ‘All Wrapped Up’ campaign.

With temperatures in the single digits, we took to this fundraising activity like a duck to water!

Admittedly, some of the jumpers were ashamedly cheesy and far too sparkly, but it was all in the aid of a great cause. We hope that the funds raised will make a small difference to the lives of children living with cancer in Northern Ireland.

As our Director Ciaran O’Hare mentioned, pulling on the Christmas jumper was a welcome move from a pair of running shoes. Earlier this year Ciaran took part in the London Marathon and raised £2116  for NICFC.

Thanks to NICFC for the cosy opportunity, sure who doesn’t love a good Christmas jumper!

You can make a donation to NICFC

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!