College students teach VIPs new tricks

By Jim Dunton - Sat 12 October 2013, 4:29 pm

Dragons Den star Theo Paphitis was given a masterclass in stop-motion animation by Barking & Dagenham College students at the launch of The Skills Show.

The entrepreneur - along with skills and enterprise minister Matthew Hancock - was shown the ropes of a software package by animation degree students Joseph O’Connor and Phillip Newberry.

Barking & Dagenham was one of only two colleges offering bite-sized "have-a-go" sessions at the launch event, held on the top floor of the City of London’s Gherkin building.

Paphitis created a science-fiction scene featuring a Lego shark and a space buggy, while Hancock transposed the shark theme to a beach, where a jet-ski rider came to a sticky end.

Third-year student Newberry said it had been good to help Paphitis and Hancock try out something new.

“A lot of people haven’t yet discovered what their skill is and by coming along to a have a go they get to try something they wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to,” he said. 

The Skills Show takes place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham from 14-16 November.

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