Darwen school pupil gains valuable work experience while helping local charity (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Darwen school pupil gains valuable work experience while helping local charity
A CHARITY is to get its own website after approaching a Darwen school for help.
The manager of Derwent Hall, Julie Brindle, asked Darwen Creates, the entrepreneurship arm of Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, to set up the website to showcase the centre’s facilities.
And after a £1,000 grant from Regenerate Pennine Lancashire’s Youth Enterprise Fund, a one-month work experience placement was created to allow a pupil at the school to get involved.
Fifteen-year-old Harry Eastham, of Kings Drive, Hoddlesden, has worked with James Cox, of Start2Market, a digital marketing firm based in the academy’s ‘entrepreneurship bridge’ to start developing the website.
The pupil successfully applied for the position and has been working from the pod next door to Mr Cox.
From his new office, he has started to learn all about how to run his own business as well as gaining the technical skills needed to offer web development services.
He said: “I have always been interested in website development and after doing previous work experience in graphic design I was excited about this opportunity.
“I am really enjoying using my design skills in a new way and the training from James has been fantastic.
“Learning about how he created the Start2Market business has been brilliant and I am now looking to start my own business.”
Mrs Brindle, of Derwent Hall, said: “We really wanted to showcase the amazing offer we have here at Derwent Hall and thought a website would be the perfect way for us to do this.
“We are very grateful to Darwen Creates for making this happen because although we have very close links with our community, not everyone knows that we are a charity or that we have lots of different services to offer.
“We are really excited about getting the website and being able to showcase that.”
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