Students win work experience of a lifetime

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There can be few better entries in a fashion journalist’s CV than working on Elle UK.

Yet that’s exactly what’s in store for three Blackpool and The Fylde College students after they won a competition to shadow the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Farrah Storr, at the magazine’s London headquarters.

Farrah was hosting a series of presentations at the Park Road campus when she revealed the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

English students Rebecca Gilder and Amy Steel, and Fashion Design’s Josh Harris, won the chance to learn all about fashion journalism at Elle UK’s Canary Wharf offices after completing writing assignments about modern fashion and culture.

Farrah set the challenge while visiting B&FC as part of nationwide research by the Social Mobility Commission into 21st century challenges facing young people.

Cllr Kath Benson, Blackpool Council Cabinet Member for Schools, Education and Aspiration, said: “We’re determined to give the best possible education to every single child, no matter what their background, needs or issues.

“Work experience is a vital part of that as it can play an important role in career development as well as provide students with an opportunity to learn transferable skills, build confidence and use academic learning in the workplace.

“Having the chance to put their existing skills into practice alongside developing and enhancing new ones is invaluable.

“I am sure that Josh, Rebecca and Amy will make the most of the opportunity and see the value and satisfaction that you can get out of work.”

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