whg and Wolseley give photography students focus

Photography students are focusing on their future with valuable work experience made possible by leading landlord whg.

Students from Walsall College have been given a fantastic challenge by the borough’s largest provider of affordable and quality homes. They have been invited to work on a prestigious project for Wolseley UK’s Integrated Supply division, which provides whg with all the materials needed to carry out repairs and maintenance to homes.

15 HNC (Higher National Certificate) students will photograph products for commercial stock brochures to be distributed nationally and the exciting opportunity may lead to further projects with the company.

whg, which has a longstanding partnership with Walsall College, was asked by Wolseley to help involve local photography students in producing its marketing material.

Jane Preece, Director of Organisational Development at whg and a Walsall College governor, said: “We saw an opportunity with excellent benefits for both the students and our contractor. Nothing brings theory to life more than practical, real-life experience and that’s an essential part of learning.

“whg is a housing provider first and foremost but our role in the community doesn’t end there. We have a responsibility to those who live, work, study and invest in Walsall to create opportunity for development and improvement wherever possible.”

The students will undertake the paid work, combining creative and practical experience, over the next few months at Wolseley’s Walsall depot, which exclusively serves whg.

Ian Male, Head of Photography at Walsall College, said: “The ethos behind this course is to mirror industry to fully prepare learners for their future in the world of work. Working with Wolseley gives us a perfect opportunity to explore the reality of industrial photography.

“What is great about this project is that our learners will be paid for their work, generating a professional experience for their CV while achieving a high level qualification. These are exciting times and such links help ensure a promising future for our learners.”

The bank of images the students build up will be used in brochures, catalogues and on websites to help Wolseley customers choose from thousands of different products, from boilers to door handles.

A few spaces are still available on the HNC in Photography level four and five courses at Walsall College and there are part-time and flexible study options. Email for details.


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