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Capital FM Arena and ncn Join Forces to Train Students

Students Simone Palin, James McNabb and Dave Everitt with Amarjit Basi and Geoff HuckstepCapital FM Arena Nottingham, the National Ice Centre and New College Nottingham (ncn) have come together in a unique partnership that will offer ncn students the opportunity to gain hands on experience at the Arena.

Catering for corporate events, crewing a sold-out gig, working backstage on event set ups and conversions, event management and front of house hospitality, are just some of the roles that students will get to work in.

As part of their learning, students will be set real life briefs by the Arena to enable them to get to grips with all the things that are needed when managing an event, such as assessing health and safety and risk requirements, staff management and delivering marketing campaigns.

Geoff Huckstep, Chief Executive of Capital FM Arena and National Ice Centre, said: “We are delighted to be working with ncn in this new partnership. We provide over 250 jobs across a whole range of areas from catering and hospitality, marketing, IT, events management, technical and AV and of course, the many roles that enable us to keep our ice rinks running throughout the year. ncn learners will gain a useful insight into what we do at the Arena but more than that, they will receive that all important real work experience, supported by our professional staff and in an environment that is fast-paced and challenging, yet exciting and extremely rewarding.”

Amarjit Basi, ncn Principal and Chief Executive, said: “Our focus is not just on the qualification that a learner gains, but about the all-round skills that they will require to equip them for the workplace.

“Through working with our colleagues at Capital FM Arena, we are able to offer our students unrivalled access to one of Nottingham’s most interesting and exciting workplaces to learn not just the skills that they are studying as part of their course, but the other important skills that they need to succeed beyond college.

“We want to provide our learners with a genuine experience of work and we’re grateful to the Arena for working with us to enable our students to make a contribution to the running of their business.”

ncn Music Performance student, Dave Everitt, 22, said: “The opportunity to work with industry experts at such a well-known venue is fantastic. I’m particularly interested in learning about event management and the business side of things, but I’m also looking forward to gaining experience in a variety of different job roles because this will help to enhance my CV.”