The University of Chester has developed a connection between work and study with its work-based learning programme and as a result four second year undergraduates are supporting the preparations for Green Expo 2024 activities in Chester in June and beyond.

The third Green Expo is taking place this year in Chester with the prestigious Photo Competition already receiving entries, a Youth Conference at the University of Chester on June 14 and the Innovation Zone in Grosvenor Park June 15-16 at Chester Green Weekend. The Green Expo Awards Dinner will be held on November 14.

Reece Kerekes from California is studying International Tourism Management and is also a   Geography major with experience in retail, customer service and advisory jobs.

Rio Owen from Aberconwy is studying Digital Marketing. He works part-time in Primark alongside his studies.

Israt Mahmud Efti from Bangladesh is studying Economics and has previously worked for the British Heart Foundation and set up an Economics & Math’s tutor Online platform.

Ethan Green from Southport is studying Accounting and Finance and is learning Chinese. He is a skilled water polo player and enjoys sailing and Air Cadets.

Chris Walton brings a wealth of operational experience from the Royal Navy, Chester Cathedral, Start Up companies and, most recently, producing the Chester Mystery Plays.  He said “I’m excited to join Green Expo as Operations Manager and to work with these talented students to present great ideas of what can be achieved to contribute to a more sustainable world.”

Jane Harrad-Roberts is the Project Director for Green Expo 2024, she said; “I’m really looking forward to working with the students and everyone on creating fantastic events for Chester and the Northwest. I know the potential students have and the skills they can bring to a project like this.”

Cation: University of Chester students work on Green Expo for Chester Green Weekend at Marketing PRojects. LtoR:  Jane Harrad-Roberts, Founder and CEO, Ethan Green, Business Executive, Chris Walton, Operations Manager, Reece Kerekes, PR, Social Media and Business Executive, Rio Owen Tourism & Marketing Executive and Israt Mahmud Efti, Events Executive.

Video Link: Three students give feedback on how they got on in 2022, filmed at Green Expo 2022. (Students are Sophie Davies, Joseph Darlington and Grace Pugh)

Video Link: University of Chester students working on the project to restore the Hydro Hub in 2022.

The Work Based Learning module has been running successfully in various forms for over 25 years at the University of Chester.  At its core is the 5-week placement that is undertaken during the second year of study. Recruiters consistently report that, in addition to the specific technical skills and experience required for their sector, they are keen to recruit people who can demonstrate a range of ‘soft’ or ‘transferable’ skills such as communication, adaptability, problem-solving, teamworking, and time management. More information here.