Student lands job after revamping parish council website
A WESTON College computing student has put Locking Parish Council on the digital map with a complete re-design of its website.
Jamie Dewer, 25, of Hewish, used learning he’s picked up over the last three years on the college’s part-time foundation degree in applied computing.
Jamie said: “Although I learned skills to develop websites as part of his foundation degree in applied computing, it was a very different experience in real life and a beneficial part of the work-based learning.”
Not only did Jamie gather the information required but he took photographs and put together artwork and graphics.
Locking Parish Council clerk, Catherine McGrath, said: “I suggested we investigate allowing a local student to revamp our website and asked sixth forms and colleges.
“Weston College was the only one to come back and I have nothing but praise for the College, its stuff and students.
“Jamie was assigned to this project and I found him knowledgeable and understanding towards the Council's needs and expectations.
“He has gone way beyond what we expected, setting up a completely stand alone website we are extremely happy with and we are grateful to Weston College staff and students.”
Jamie has now started work on the technical help desk for a Clevedon-based telecommunications company.
Weston College computing curriculum coordinator, Janice Castle, added: “Jamie worked on the Council website over summer as part of the work-based learning required for the Foundation Degree at Weston College.
“This is an excellent example of one of the many activities our Applied Computing students are carrying out for the local community.
“Our Applied Computing course is going from strength to strength. This year the number of applicants doubled, mainly due to positive word-of-mouth about it.
“We offer work-based learning with local companies. Students’ work is assessed as part of their degree. In fact, now companies ask us for more students all the time.”