I was first involved with TICE back in 2014, as a student on the TICE Programme. Now, two years later, I am looking at the programme from a different perspective by being part of TICE work experience.

#TICEInsight Creative Enterprise was off to a great start, as I joined Lee Casey, TICE Enterprise mentor to help in her session at Burnside Business and Enterprise College in Wallsend. To start the day Lee split the students up into small groups so that the students weren’t in their friendship groups and instead interacting with students that they might not have talked to in the past.

The first exercise of the day was a brief that explained a glass blowing factory that was having a very important celebrity coming and they wanted the students to create and build a glass sculpture as tall as they possibly could.

The groups were given packs of 15 balloons, 4 pieces of paper and a roll of tape to create their sculptures – the rules being that they couldn’t use anything else that wasn’t in the pack, the sculptures had to be free standing and if any of their balloons popped then they couldn’t get a replacement.

To stimulate group conversation, Lee and myself wandered around the teams asking what their plan was, they soon began talking and communicating to each other, inputting their ideas and giving each other job roles. Going around the groups and seeing their creations come to life, I could clearly see that the students were enjoying this exercise.

After 4 balloons popped, the groups had finished making their sculptures and were asked to present them to the rest of the class. We judged the sculptures and decided that it was a close tie between team 5 and 6 being the tallest. However just before Lee was about to speak team 6’s sculpture started to fall, making team 5 with ‘The Knot’ the winner of the tallest glass blown sculpture. Well done!

After a short break, the students re-joined us for an exercise on higher education opportunities and progression. Lee began by telling the students about her own career history within the creative industries. Then the students were asked to write down as many areas of the creative industries as they could think of. After the students came together to share what they had written, Lee told the students that the creative industries are split up into 11 areas and directed them to a website called The Creative Industries. They 11 areas of the creative industries were as follows: advertising, architecture, art and culture, craft, design, fashion, games, music, film and TV, publishing and tech.

She asked the students to write down as many jobs in each sector of the creative industries while I went around and asked each student what area of the creative industries they would want to work in. This is so Lee could help steer them in the right direction to achieve their chosen career path.

Once the student’s told Lee their job list, they were each given a laptop and were asked to visit a website called Creative Skillset which is a source used to explore the different job roles in each creative sector and can also help them look for the right higher education course in their chosen area.

Lee asked the students to find at least 3 education courses that they may wish to progress onto after they complete sixth form at Burnside.

I also gave input on what courses are currently available at college I am at now (Newcastle College) and gave information of how to contact programme leaders if they are curious about various courses and what they entail.

Following lunch, teams were mixed up and a new creative task for the afternoon started.  This involved a process of idea generation, research, design and development to come up with an innovative idea of creating a new app for an Iphone or Ipad within any of the creative sectors. Students brainstormed their initial 3 ideas, researched & discussed these down to a final one before pinning down the details. They were asked to give a short pitch at the end covering what does the app do, what is its benefit, who (the customer) did it target and how much would it cost. Teams could decide on how they presented to best demonstrate their idea with teams designing posters, creating branding ideas and writing advert style pitches.  App ideas ranged from online chefs to create recipes with the food you have left in your cupboards to a clothing app called Toku which you inputted your measurements into to see how clothes would look that you were thinking of buying. Great ideas Burnside!

The day had gone very well and felt that the students (and myself) have learnt from Lee’s workshop. I believe that the students have done an excellent job today and I wish them the best of luck in progressing onto the Explore stage of the TICE Programme.

By Louise Andrews