University job scheme praised by clothing seller
A BRISTOL-based clothing business has championed the UWE JobShop as a great way to find young, keen employees.
FreestyleXtreme in St Philip's is an online business specialising in action sports and casual clothing, shipping goods from around the world.
The company has long-been involved with the University of the West of England's JobShop, hiring a steadily increasing number of language students to help translate the content of its website.
The JobShop is based at the Frenchay campus, pictured, and advertises part-time and holiday jobs for students, across the Bristol area.
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FreestyleXtreme's marketing director Ben Richardson said: "It makes great sense for local businesses to employ through the UWE.
"Doing so is something that benefits both sides. For students, it offers a chance for the practical application of expertise and learning what is relevant in a working environment.
"As employers, we get access to young, enthusiastic people working with the latest skill sets and a hunger to prove themselves."
One of the JobShop recruits is Séan Kenny, who was hired four years ago and has risen through the ranks to become the company's head of design. "It is great to know that the skills taught in lectures can be put into practice," he said. "They really helped me develop."