Students Experience Success Thanks to College Partnership

Date: 14/07/2015

Dearne Valley College is hailing the success of its partnership with Rotherham-based firm, PointSolutions, which has led to students undertaking valuable work experience and securing employment with the company.

As part of the College’s Work Placement scheme, PointSolutions takes on students to experience a real working environment, whilst gaining vital skills to complement their studies.

Sam Harris, a Level 3 IT student at Dearne Valley College completed a work placement with the company and impressed his employers so much that he was offered a part-time job with them. He said:

“My work placement helped me to figure out my future, and I was able to speak with other work placement students, some from Universities studying on the course I was interested in, which helped me to decide upon a Software Engineering degree at University. I was also offered part-time work with the company, which gives me a real foot in the door.”

Luke Day, who is a Technical Director at PointSolutions, has gone from student to business colleague, having previously studied at Dearne Valley College to gain his IT qualifications. Along with his team at PointSolutions, Luke is now working with the College to implement its new SharePoint based internal communications system.

Dave Bailey, who is the Marketing Director at PointSolutions said of the partnership:

“PointSolutions is a growing business that likes to nurture local talent.  We provide a number of SharePoint based solutions for the education sector, including intranets and HR systems.  Sam and the other students from DVC have been given real-world experience of the software business environment and have been able to contribute to the actual system that we are providing for the college.  As a result of the placement scheme we have now provided both part-time and one full-time position within the business and we are very much looking forward to a fresh intake of students. “

Principal and Chief Executive at Dearne Valley College, Martin Harrison added: “it’s fantastic that our work with PointSolutions is going from strength to strength, and that the work placements our students are taking part in are having a valuable impact on their education and employment opportunities. Work placements are an integral part of the full-time courses that we offer, cementing the knowledge and skills that our learners are gaining at College, whilst providing them with a real insight into working environments.”

If you are thinking about studying for an IT qualification, or would like to find out about any of the courses, Apprenticeships and training opportunities that Dearne Valley College has to offer, contact the Admissions team on 01709 513355, at or check out the course information available on this website.

For more information about PointSolutions Ltd, visit their website at

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