Horizons College Success Story
Tyler is a young man who joined Horizons College 3 years ago. He is currently in his final year. Tyler’s future aspirations have always been around working within media and journalism.
Through the Horizons College Supported Internship Programme, Tyler successfully managed to access work experience placements based around his areas of interest such as at Swindon 105.5FM Radio station. Through the College curriculum, which is functional skills and employability based, Tyler learned a range of skills that he was able to apply at his work placements which he really enjoyed and was tasked with research and writing articles based on musicians and artists.
Tyler independently recognised that in order to gain even more skills associated with his area of employment interest, he needed to access work in a different type of media environment. Tyler then accessed another work placement at Swindon Link Magazine where he learnt to proofread, edit and upload articles to their software platform. These new skills helped to develop Tyler’s ICT skills, reading skills and communication skills. Tyler went out in the field and interviewed the owners of the new Burger Bar, 5 Guys, at the Swindon Outlet Village for the Swindon Link Magazine.
One of Tyler’s biggest achievements to date was being interviewed by the editor of the Disability Rights UK Magazine for a co-producer work placement job. Tyler was successful at interview and is now writing his own column for the Disability Rights Magazine as well as being responsible for researching ‘what’s on and dates for the diary’.
The current Covid situation has not stopped Tyler from accessing his work placements. He has had to learn to adapt to different ways of working and is now accessing all three work placements virtually. He has progressed so much so, that he is independent and is able to liaise with his employers through Microsoft teams, email and telephone to discuss his work tasks and deadlines.
Tyler also produces and edits the College newsletter each term. We are all so proud of the hard work and determination of this fantastic young man.