EDUCCKATE: recent development and progress
Boot Camp training
4th - 6th November 2013
Training for the participants
Time: 19th November.
The venue: Room 410, Institute of Archaeology, UCL
The aim of the training is to provide the participants (students/recent graduates) with an introduction to mentored internships and the EDUCCKATE networking
platform.This event is organised with UCL Careers Service.
The matching Event
25th November, 2013
On the evening of Monday 25th November, CAA
teamed up with Impact Hub Kings Cross to match students and businesses for the
EDUCCKATE internship. Our aim was to pair up Cultural and Creative Businesses
and UCL Cultural and Creative students and – based on the preferences of both -
give away 15 UCL Advances 3-month paid internship in 2014. The 29
participating students all attended (or are soon attend) UCL Advances 3 day
introduction to enterprise training and a UCL
Careers workshop on making the most of the experience of having a mentor and an
internship in entrepreneurial skills. All the students had the chance to build
up their profiles on the Educckate networking platform, where they also viewed
the 24 businesses interested in hosting and mentoring them.
The evening began with the CC businesses discussing their background and their previous mentoring experiences, whereupon we let the students loose on them. Students jumped from table to table on a series of 5 minute “speed interviews” with their chosen businesses, and had a chance to meet and introduce themselves to some of the companies they had not considered, as the atmosphere was conducive to speedy introductions and decision making. The atmosphere was buzzing and the night was a success: many students met and are now considering interning with companies that they would never have considered approaching or applying to in another context. One business said that the event was the best student business event they had been on. Matches will be communicated to the students and businesses in the coming days.
The first kick-off meeting
8th January, 2014
Today UCL had the first of two 'Kick-off' meetings, the second of which is scheduled for March. This meeting introduced the participating students to the full range of logging and development tracking facilities on the 'VITA' platform, and to the Level 5 certification system via a short video presentation. Following the video the interns had an opportunity to meet with their assigned mentor and discuss their placement.
Mentors and students had been matched in December following a 'speed-matching' event at the HUB King's Cross. Modelled on contemporary 'speed-dating', this event gave all the students a chance to have a face-to-face meeting with the cultural and creative businesses they were most interested in, as well as an opportunity to casually meet representatives from businesses they may not have been so familiar with. Both students and mentors subsequently made a list of their top three choices and matched were made based on these selections.
The 'Kick-off' meeting in January functioned to mark the official start to the internships and give both interns and mentors a chance to meet again and discuss how they intended to organise the placement. The rest of the internships will begin in February following the second business training session that is mandatory for UCL students to participate in EDUCCKATE.