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The Week That Was #279… 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word

Adding ancient east Ireland to your post-lockdown travel list. Telling the story of a student entrepreneur. Learning how young people can futureproof their careers. Exploring how universities can advance their online offering. Asking if manufacturers can make fast efficiency gains.


Here's five peeks behind our week at Working Word...


1. Celebrating what ancient east Ireland has on offer for tourists

With travel to Ireland increasingly an option, we’ve secured a piece in The Irish Sun just in time for the Irish bank holiday. This visit was the first of our Irish press trips organised since restrictions have lifted to allow tourism. This particular trip was an in-Ireland visit, crossing our east Ireland counties.

The Celtic Routes is an Irish and Welsh tourism collaboration designed to showcase the natural wonders of the counties of Wicklow, Wexford, Waterford, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire. The article is available in print. With international travel now allowed between Ireland and the UK, we’re busy organising many more trips for the rest of this year.




2. Sharing the success of a student who built a business from his bedroom

This week we’ve been sharing the story of a student who has secured a £13,000 business investment through a university Dragon’s Den style competition. Karl Swanepoel was able to launch his business Topwork, which allows small businesses to buy digital services from freelancers, with the support of our client Big Idea Wales, the youth entrepreneurship scheme in Wales that helps young people turn their business dream into a reality.

You can read more about Karl and his business Topwork online on Wales 247, Business Live and Business News Wales and in print in the Western Mail.



3. Gower College Swansea prepares students for future-proof careers

Green infrastructure architects, virtual reality therapists, renewable energy engineer’s, digital cloud specialists… Sound like something you’d like to do? Well, this week, on behalf of our client Gower College Swansea, we shared how the college is preparing its students for careers that don’t exist yet. Mark Jones, principal of Gower College Swansea, shared how he plans on providing learners with the digital skills needed to futureproof their careers. From a major skill gap impacted by Covid-19 to the highest unemployment rates seen in decades, Mark Jones is using these intimidating career hurdles as a pioneer for the college’s course curriculum, ensuring that learners are provided the very best digital skills and tutoring programmes to ensure succeed in whatever career path they decide to do.

Mark Jones op-ed was covered in this week’s The National Online and in print.



4. Advising universities on how to advance their online education

The pandemic has exposed the gaps in many traditional higher education institutions when it comes to using technology to enhance learning. But with the new academic year fast approaching, and many universities opting to retain online teaching in some form, how can bricks and mortar universities be confident in their online offering?

For Times Higher Education, we arranged for Professor Steve Davies, Founder of online learning specialists Learna, to outline the foundational steps universities need to take to enhance their online education post pandemic.



5. Discussing manufacturing efficiencies with The Manufacturer

New technologies can be expensive and take years to deliver - so where can manufacturers make efficiency gains fast? We arranged for Paul Crutcher, Operations Director at office furniture manufacturer Bisley, to speak with The Manufacturer to answer this question. His comments featured extensively in a five page feature in the latest issue of the leading trade title and on their website here.