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Partnership plants seed for student volunteers' futures

Partnership plants seed for student volunteers' futures

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From the Olympic Games to this weekend’s Freeze Festival in London – volunteering opportunities for Leeds Metropolitan students are going from strength to strength thanks to a new partnership.
From the Olympic Games to this weekend’s Freeze Festival in London – volunteering opportunities for Leeds Metropolitan students are going from strength to strength thanks to a new partnership.

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 October 2012For immediate release
Partnership plants seed for student volunteers’ future
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From the Olympic Games
to this weekend’s Freeze Festival in London –
 volunteering opportunities for Leeds Metropolitan students are going fromstrength to strength thanks to a new partnership.The
University’s UK
Centre of Events Management has joined forces withSeed Staff, an innovative company that gives undergraduates the opportunityto gain experience and undergo training whilst volunteering at some of 
Britain’s
biggest live events.Since the partnership got underway in the summer, more than 80 Leeds MetEvents Management and Entertainment Management students havebolstered their CVs and employability skills by volunteering at the likes of 
Leeds and Birmingham’s Olympic Torch Relays, the 2012 Games in London
and
South Wales’s Beach Break Live which
saw stars including DizzeeRascal and Nero perform to thousands.Stephen Prescott, who is undertaking the final year of his EventsManagement degree at Leeds Metropolitan and works freelance for SeedStaff managing and supervising student volunteers, will be working at theFreeze Festival
held at London’s Battersea Power 
Station from October 26-27. Eight Leeds Met students will also be volunteering at the event.
“There’s something for everyone when it comes to volunteering for SeedStaff,” commented Stephen. “Studen
ts can get great experience as there are
 
a lot of different roles to be filled. They can take on anything from being a
production assistant to being a steward to working on merchandise stands.”
 Stephen added that the more events that students volunteered at the morenetworking opportunities there were, potentially leading to other volunteeringopportunities both in the UK and overseas.David Bassett, Senior Lecturer in Events Management at Leeds Metropolitan,said the partnership with Seed Staff gave students a unique opportunity to puttheir learning from their degrees into practice whilst rubbing shoulders withindustry professionals and making useful contacts.
“This experience is so important and
will really help our students stand outfrom the crowd when they are looking for employment after they graduate,
” hecommented. “The on
-site training is another excellent opportunity for studentsto further develop their skills
 –
 
not everything can be taught in the classroom.”
 The content of the training includes on-site management structures,stakeholder mapping and event history as well as practical skills such as radiouse and site map use. Seed Staff also ensure that volunteers are not only wellversed in their own role but also get a broad range of information about theoverall event.More advanced, optional training sessions are also open to all volunteers,covering topics such as site design and artist booking.Freeze is the last major event for student volunteers in 2012. Seed Staff willpresent a fresh festival and events volunteering
programme for Leeds Met’s
UK Centre of Events Management undergraduates in the New Year.
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