T Level students enjoy virtual work experience opportunities

12 April 2021

T Level students at Chichester College Group (CCG) colleges were recently able to become ‘change-makers’ in their communities.

Staff from Apps for Good, an independent charity who work with schools and colleges, helped to bring learning to life for students studying the Digital T Level at Chichester College and Crawley College, via two day-long online workshops.

The ‘Design an App in a Day’ workshops saw students get to grips with the fundamentals of app development and gain an insight into the tech design process.

They were joined by experts from Apps for Good as well as volunteers from Deutsche Bank, who gave the students feedback on their products and also talked about their own career journeys.

Vicki Illingworth, Principal at Crawley College and T Level lead for T Levels at CCG, said: “One of the great things about a T Level is the 45-day industry placement, which students must complete. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic has meant these have been on pause, so our students haven’t yet been able to go out on placement.

“This was a great way for them to start getting a glimpse into this exciting industry, and for them to see first-hand the opportunities that are out there.

“We’re very grateful to the team at Apps for Good and their colleagues at Deutsche Bank for giving their time to us.

“The workshops were incredibly well received by our students, who have gained a real insight into app design.” 

Heather Picov, Chief Executive Officer for Apps for Good, added: “The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted young people, they’ve missed out on learning, skill development and access to key opportunities, including industry encounters. We are determined to make a difference to young people regardless of where their learning takes place, helping them to unlock their own potential.

"Our team were delighted to deliver our App in a Day course remotely to students from Chichester College Group. We were blown away by the students' enthusiasm and innovative problem-solving solutions."