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The Sixth Form College Farnborough is a sixth form college situated in Farnborough, Hampshire, England. It caters for around 3,700 students and admission is mostly from schools in the local areas of Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire.

The College’s media department applied for funding via the Youth Aspirations Fund to enable 88 students to undertake a Documentary Workshop which would go on to support their coursework.

This project was for CTEC Digital Media students who were completing a coursework unit. The College excels in providing resource and opportunities so that students are able to have Meaningful Employer Engagement. In order to link the coursework unit to this topic, the College called upon documentary producers 'Chocolate Films' to hold workshops in successful production.

All students produced 5 minute documentaries in small groups, that focussed on an 'Employability Skill.' The documentaries will be used by CMPP, who can distribute the work to partnership schools in an attempt to inspire young people.

The CTEC Digital Media students have had much experience at working to a client brief and to explicit requirements. The documentaries, of which there are many, have been shared with CMPP for distribution. The Chocolate Films workshop provided valuable learning in successful documentary making from industry experts. Throughout the duration of the project, all students had the opportunity to develop confidence in practical work, as well as working in a group. These are valuable skills that can be transferred to other subjects, and will undoubtedly be used throughout their careers.

Some students chose to create documentaries about personal experiences. One group made a piece on an illness (thought to be life threatening at the time) that one of the members suffered from, and her determination to recover. This work won an award for Happiful magazine, and the students have also been given work experience by the organisation. They also won an award at the Camberley Film Festival in June, beating many other entries including those from post-graduates.

The documentaries can now be distributed to partner schools to inspire young people and educate them about developing employability skills (e.g. resilience, team work).

Christine Eustace, Director of Community Engagement at The Sixth Form College Farnborough, said: "I am so happy for you all and delighted also that...CMPP... were able to support."

Simon Jarvis, CEO of the Prospects Trust, upon hearing that our students had won an award at the Camberley Film Festival: "This is an extraordinary achievement for a truly extraordinary piece of work."

Rachel Beasley, Curriculum Manager of Digital Media, said: "[The Chocolate Films Workshop organisers managed to] engage and inspire our students."

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