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Posted: 13/11/09

Students to take over directors' and principal's jobs

The roles of West Nottinghamshire College principal and executive directors are up for grabs for students next week – all in the name of charity – as the college gears up for raising money for Children in Need.

For one day only (Friday 20 November) interested students will be shortlisted to shadow four senior staff roles to see how top management run the college.  Students can apply for the position of principal, director of communications and marketing, director of human resources or director of employer engagement.

Learners will have the opportunity to suggest what changes they would make to the management of the college and learn more about the duties involved in each job, as well as finding out what goes into making the college the successful organisation it is today.

Each student will collect sponsorships for their day’s work shadowing and each director they work for will donate money to the college’s Children in Need fundraising pot.

Learner voice co-ordinator Sue Harries said: “Every year our students come up with such innovative and exciting ways to support this national charity.  I have every faith in our students over the many college sites that they'll raise even more money than last year.

"I hope everybody gets involved in the fun events and can enjoy team-building with their tutors and friends at the same time.”

During the week all college sites will be getting involved in many more fun activities to raise money for the charity including:

Monday 16 November

  • Pudsey Bear merchandise on sale in the Derby Road site’s West One diner.

Tuesday 17 November

  • At the Derby Road site early years students will be sponsored to spend the day in fancy dress and will be selling cakes, as well as taking part in a sponge-throwing competition in the ‘stocks’.
  • At the Chesterfield Road site, BTEC national diploma clothing and textiles students will be customising items of clothing and accessories with either fluffy Pudsey ears or polka-dot patches for £1 per item of clothing.

Wednesday 18 November

  • It’s ASDA day.  Staff and students will visit the Sutton-in-Ashfield branch to pack bags for shoppers in return for donations. 
  • Motor vehicle students will be performing car health checks in ASDA’s car park and beauty therapy students from the Regent Street based ‘Academy’ will be providing manicures in the main foyer.
  • The day will end with street dancing at 4.15-5.15pm.
  • Students from the college’s Media Studio will be busking at their Thoresby Street premises in Mansfield.

Thursday 19 November

  • Sports co-ordinator Rachael Evans will be holding a stationary bike ride in the West One diner at the Derby Road site, where students will rack up the miles cycling from West Nottinghamshire College to London’s Olympic Stadium.
  • At 11am students will brace themselves for a charity head-shave as well as a leg and chest wax in the West One diner.
  • From 12.30-1.30pm the Students’ Union will be hosting ‘Guitar Hero’ and ‘Singstar’ sessions in the West One diner.
  • A hula hoop challenge from 4-5pm in the West One diner at the Derby Road site.
  • Business administration students at the college’s Ashfield campus are planning a 3-mile fancy dress walk around King’s Mill Reservoir and will donate £1 each to Children in Need.

Friday 20 November

  • Students will be taking over the roles of principal, director of marketing and communications, director of human resources and director of employer engagement for the day - all based at the Derby Road site. 
  • The stationary bike ride challenge from the Derby Road site to the London Olympic Stadium continues.