Online and digital marketing – working with businesses to maximise their business opportunities through social media platforms.

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One Ilfracombe is a unique company which connects local government, the emergency services, health services and the local community in Ilfracombe. We develop exciting and innovative projects to help improve the health, wellbeing, economic outlook of those living in Ilfracombe as well as supporting existing projects and community groups. We are looking for students who are enthusiastic about improving the communities they live in and interested in learning more about a very busy, fast paced company!

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I am the Training and Development Manager at Skern Lodge outdoor centre in Appledore. Having focussed all of my working life on creating a sustainable job in the outdoor industry, I am very motivated to being able to share my journey and experiences to assist with choosing pathways in this field. I have been privileged to have worked with a very diverse range of clients in this sector, from mainstream school groups to high end corporate training, instructor development to apprenticeship programmes. All of these clients have used outdoor experiences as an effective way of learning various topics, and creating lasting memories to ensure these outcomes are sustained in their own world after the course has finished. More recently I have specialised in learning and development as a broader topic, and see close links between using outdoor learning alongside more traditional means of training. I am open to offer my time to any student who wishes to consider their own aspirations of working in outdoor education, discussing advantages and disadvantages of the numerous routes into employment and more especially how to prepare for life in this very worthwhile and rewarding industry.

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I am the Hotel Services and Catering Manager at Skern Lodge outdoor centre in Appledore and have been for the last 11 years. With over 25 years’ experience in the catering & hospitality industry and a passion for good food & customer service. I have seen many young talents grow through the ranks which has inspired me to do more for the next generation of chefs and hospitality staff. Having worked as a commis chef up to head chef, as well as on the bar and front of house, hospitality and catering has offered me many different opportunities along the way. Hospitality can be an exciting industry with varied career paths available.

I started my career at Petroc where I studied for my BTEC National diploma in hotel, catering and operations. Since then I have worked in various roles in 4 star hotels, golf resorts, beach hotels and large catering operations. My first job, I got through my final year work placement with Petroc was as a commis chef at a large hotel in Yorkshire. Since then I amassed experience within all aspects of Hospitality leading to head chef and manager roles. I have been able to take my experience with me which enabled me to go on a year’s placement where I worked as a chef in Australia. I would love the opportunity to talk through, assist and inspire any young person looking to go into this industry.

Kathy McCormack has worked in Further Education marketing for over five years and has 20 years’ experience in marketing, business development and strategic management and leadership. Kathy developed her skills and knowledge through B2C and B2B markets and has worked in the private and public sectors in roles including: advertising sales, account management (agency), customer service, research, marketing and business development.

In recent years Kathy has successfully completed her MSc Leadership and Management with Portsmouth University as well as achieving a postgraduate diploma in marketing. At the start of her working career Kathy enjoyed five years as a Firefighter as well as working in the beauty industry, as a Creative Executive in New Product Design, developing and marketing cosmetics and toiletries for blue chip clients.

As a mentor Kathy offers a wide range of skills and knowledge across a variety of marketing and management disciplines. Any individual looking for advice, guidance and inspiration, as well as an overview of marketing options and specialisms, would benefit from Kathy’s expertise.

We are an exclusively private personal training facility on Pottington, all our clients work with a coach one way or another. We pride ourselves on delivering great service and are known for our outstanding results that we deliver. We have 2 facilities one on Pottington and the second on the square in Barnstaple.

The student we are looking to work with is someone with the passion and drive who wants to get into the health and nutrition industry. Absolute has been in the health and fitness industry for over 15 years and still are the leading experts in the area. The student must show enthusiasm and are willing to learn.

to Academic and Professional Experience:

  • Building Surveying
  • Construction Management
  • Health and Safety
  • Contract Administration
  • Design and CAD

How I will contribute to the mentee(s) and the benefits of mentoring:

  1. Work with the student to identify their academic and professional goals
  2. Encourage students to take the next step and provide support if required
  3. Work towards building the mentees self-confidence and belief
  4. Encourage students to self-reflect
  5. Explore further education and learning opportunities
  6. Discuss careers and what employers value
  7. Explore the benefits of networking and LinkedIn
  8. Discuss overcoming obstacles and success stories