Charity turns to students for new website

A team of students from Coleg Cambria in Wales have worked with NEW Mind, the mental health charity for North East Wales, on the design and build of a new website to reach out to young people suffering with mental health issues.

During this project, which makes up part of their Advanced Skills Challenge certificate, the BTEC Level 3 IT students developed skills in project management, web design, problem solving, team building, understanding key requirements and communicating to the customer.

The website had to be built to strict specifications that the charity had provided and the students – who worked in teams – had to ensure that they met these requirements in the design.

The charity visited Cambria to see the students present their website designs. Each team demonstrated why their website should be chosen, they were also questioned intensively to see what technical issues they came up against during the process.

Coleg Cambria Computing Technologies Lecturer, Simon Prince said: “This has been an amazing opportunity for the students in that they had a real project to work on, and that the finished website will be used by the charity for all to see. The students have gained real IT skills that will help them to get the careers they want, and it’s great that Coleg Cambria gives them these opportunities.”

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