A group of five media and graphic design students from Barking and Dagenham College have been experiencing what it's like to produce a short film, thanks to a special commission. The commission saw them film, conduct interviews and take all the photography at a prestigious event on Tuesday 14th May. The event was the Gazelle Colleges Group Summit at which speakers included Matthew Hancock, Minister for Skills, John Cridland CBE, Director General, CBI and Michael Davis, Chief Executive, UKCES.

B&D media student Kristian Baycroft filming the Gazelle Colleges Group

Carolyn Chapman-Lees, Executive Director with Gazelle commented: "We commissioned the students after meeting with Barking and Dagenham College earlier in the year to discuss more opportunities for students to get involved with Gazelle. When planning the Summit we felt this would be a great opportunity to commission students from the Entrepreneur Academy, to take photographs and film the event. We are certainly pleased we did. Their professionalism and dedication on the day was extremely impressive as was their approach to the whole project as they conducted a detailed site visit and provided a very competitive quote ahead of the event."

Cathy Walsh, Principal and CEO of Barking and Dagenham College, commented: "It is through real commercial learning opportunities like this that students become prepared for their future careers. This is our key priority at Barking and Dagenham College. We are keen to ensure that students not only acquire the skills they need for the workplace, but the knowledge of how these are applied in a business environment. Taking briefs from a client and delivering to objectives and deadlines is the best practice for any student for what it's like to be a paid employee and it is opportunities like this that we will continue to encourage. All our students involved in filming and managing the media for this national Gazelle conference, which included such high profile speakers as John Cridland CBI, were paid for their real work learning, which included being at the venue to set up for 6.00am! Hard work is a key ingredient for success, and in creating your own opportunities for economic independence."

Barking and Dagenham College successfully established an Enterprise Academy in 2009; the Academy enables students to be commissioned by external companies as part of their studies to produce work for clients. The students are paid for the work they undertake and it helps provide them with the crucial experience and skills they will need to work in a professional environment.

In 2011 Barking and Dagenham College received national recognition for the success of the Enterprise Academy when it was awarded a TES FE Award for Outstanding Entrepreneurship in Learning Skills.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham commented: "It is fantastic to see Barking and Dagenham College running such a successful scheme. We need to be promoting more enterprises like this, as it is crucial that we do all we can to provide our youth with the skills and experience they need to help them find work in the future. I am very pleased that local students are getting the chance to attend high profile events in a professional capacity; learning, creating and developing a real drive and work ethic to push them forward in the job market."

The students are now busy editing their footage into a three minute film and will be supplying it to the Gazelle Group in the next few weeks when it will be made available on the Gazelle website. http://www.thegazellegroup.com/index.php