'Internships provide an absolutely crucial insight into the industry,allowing students to experience a busy media office environment, atmosphere of a press launch or production of a press shoot. The inclusion of actual workplace experience truly distinguishes candidates from peers and is one of the first things I look for on receipt of CVs.'
Peter Robinson, Head of Press, The White Company
To prepare students for the 'world of work', Rye Studio delivers an internship programme which aims to embed employability techniques at the heart of the curriculum. From interview techniques and appropriate dress codes, to exploring the role of the freelance practitioner, students gain a deeper understanding to inform their future career pathways.
An employability introduction prepares each student with the skills and understanding to research vacancies, apply for and gain interviews, master interview techniques, gain the confidence to travel to work, collaborate, participate and engage with professional and contribute to their chosen field of work. Whilst our curriculum at Rye Studio has a defined focus, the work placements are as varied as the 'world of work' to allow young people to try out a range of employment opportunities to inform their progression. Students can source their own placements or apply for one from our extensive selection of opportunities, engaging in our in-house application process. Below is a selection of our current work placements, featuring some of the most prestigious brands, businesses and organisations in the creative industries.
If the world of fashion and beauty is where you see your future, then an internship at one of London's leading public relations companies could be your first step in the right direction. With clients including Abercrombie & Fitch, Calvin Klein, Etro, Margaret Howell, Zoella Beauty, Toms, Muji, Toast and M&S Beauty, Modus are one of the UKs most prestigious public relations agencies. Located just off Regent Street, this hub of creative energy is one of our longest standing work experience partners. Students work alongside the busy PR team, learning all aspects of the business from media relations and marketing stategies to press days and product launches.
One of London's leading photographic studios and location agencies, JJ Locations is based in the heart of bustling Shoreditch and is a hub of creative energy. From studio spaces for film and photo shoots to country houses and locations abroad, JJ are one of the most successful companies in this sector. Students working at JJ get an invaluable introduction into the world of photographic shoots, assisting at the studios and working with art directors, photography crews, magazine editors, caterers, lighting technicians, stylists and set designers. Clients include Vogue, Jack Wills, Tatler, Dazed and Confused, Alexander McQueen and Cath Kidston.
Synonomous with crisp white bed linen, fluffy towels and luxurious homeware, childrenswear and fashion, The White Company is the UK's foremost lifestyle brand and has just celebrated 21 years of success. Working with the in-house PR Director, Peter Robinson and his team, students have the opportunity to learn about public relations and marketing from the front line and at first hand. From helping to host press days and events to the day-to-day running of a hectic press office, students get an invaluable induction into a variety of employability skills that will further their professional development.
As the British film industry goes from strength to strength, what better opportunity to secure a future position in this arena than to work with one of the UK's leading film organisations. Screen South is a creative development agency delivering and supporting innovative projects across screen-based media and the wider cultural and creative industries, in addition to being a key delivery partner for the BFI Film Academy. Based in Folkestone's Creative Quarter, Screen South offer students interested in developing their skills and knowledge in the film industry the chance to work with their team for an extended work placement over several months for a day a week. From archiving film and watching clips to learning about film genres, this is the ideal starting point for students who wish to pursue a career in the film industry.
Students gaining a placement at the National Theatre, London, will have the invaluable opportunity to work in one of the world's leading theatres, and to meet staff and artists from across the organisation, including Front of House, Stage Management, Lighting, Sound, Armoury and Design. This week long placement is specifically aimed at students following the Production or Performance Arts courses at the Studio. There will also be an opportunity to work on a production of wonder.land,
Representing some of the industries most talented make-up artists, hairdressers, manicurists, photographers and stylists in fashion, beauty, celebrity and music, Frank Agency is based in the leafy suburb of Richmond, London. With a reputation for offering a professional, efficient and friendly service to clients as varied as The Times, Monica Vinader, Red Magazine, Urban Outfitters, ELLE, Burberry Beauty and Instyle, the agency have an exciting roster of more than thirty freelancers who work with a vast, international client base. A work placement at Frank Agency is a varied as the artists they represent. From going on a shoot with a leading stylist to trawling through the latest magazines, a day at the Frank office opens up a multitude of opportunities in the world of fashion and beauty.
Same Sky is the largest community arts charity in the South East, with a portfolio of projects that includes everything from the internationally respected Burning of the Clocks street parade, carnivals and choreography to sculpture trails, fire and light spectaculars. Students working with the charity have the benefit of a fully immersive experience, working on a project from start to finish where they get involved with all aspects of the production from event management, marketing including health and safety to artistic direction and final performance.
Led by Jenny Halpern Prince, one of London’s most influential networkers, Halpern PR has unrivalled connections in the creative industries enabling the agency to create impactful media campaigns for a wide variety of clients including Dove, Ugg, Unilever, TalkTalk, Five Guys and The Organic Pharmacy. Students will experience all aspects of working for an internationally reknowned media agency at Halpern's busy London headquarters.
One of the country's finest historical hotels, The Mermaid Inn in Rye dates back to 1420. This unique establishment offers students the opportunity to discover the key employability skills required in this contemporary customer service industry. From working in the bar and restaurant to develop hospitality skills, collaborating with the team of 7 chefs in the kitchen to learn culinary techniques, or at reception liaising with guests, managing bookings and assisting with marketing activities, students have a thorough grounding in the hospitality industry.
At the start of each year we will:
Teach students what employability skills are and why they are essential.
- Help them to construct good CVs and how to market themselves.
- Demonstrate ways in which they can get jobs.
- Coach them on interview skills.
- Coach them on presentation skills.
- Give tutorials on the different types of businesses eg SME, corporate, self-employed and an introduction to income tax, VAT and accounting.
- Coach them on reflective practice to increase the value of their learning each week.
Throughout the year we will:
Review the placement with the employer and the student.
- Visit the student at work for a coaching session.
Students will also be supported by their own personal coaches with whom they meet fortnightly. Coaching helps them to reflect on and embed their learning and be motivated for the challenges ahead.
If you are considering offering a work placement to a young person or would like to find out more about this local education and business partnership, we would be delighted to hear from you.
Email Anne Jeffery Tel: 01797 228434
As you would expect, we have a duty of care for all our students and so we undertake a short and informal meeting with you before any student takes up a work placement to go over the following:
- Health and safety checks plus risk assessments
- Employers and public liability insurance
These meetings are informal and as much a chance for you to ask questions and be assured and clear on who is responsible for what. There is nothing onerous about taking on a student and it simply replicates what you are already doing with your existing employees.
How do Studio Schools differ?
There are a number of differences about a studio school:
Learning in the workplace
Students spend only a limited time in class with a teacher. What they learn there is taken instantly into your workplace to see how it works and why. It is learning in action in the real world. Knowing how business works, how it is marketed, and how it engages with customers is at the heart of learning within our Studio School.
As well as learning in the classroom and on-the-job, students will engage in projects at the Studio School, led by professional creative practitioners and business leaders. It is an opportunity to develop their strengths as part of a team and to be highly creative. They will also receive masterclasses from visiting professionals as part of their enrichment programme. In addition, we will offer the National Citizenship Programme so that students are working with the voluntary and charity sectors.
Coaching has been proven to help embed learning and is used by senior leaders in business throughout the world. Our students will be assigned a personal coach who will aid their learning and help them develop skills throughout their time at the Studio School.
Being one of the few
Studio schools take a maximum of 300 students. This ensures that every student feels valued as an individual. We offer a supportive, personalised learning environment in which strong pastoral care runs through our school’s activities.
A full working day
Studio Schools are open for a full working day, from 09:00 to 17:15, an excellent way to introduce young people to the expectations of the real world of work.