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BBC ‘Make It Digital’ Trainee, Craig Douglis joins Trilby for three weeks

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Craig Douglis

Trilby are excited to welcome Craig Douglis to the team for the next three weeks! Craig is our second trainee from the BBC’s ‘Make it Digital Programme’. Craig has a design focus and we hope to offer him the experience and knowledge of our excellent development team and put his already great ability to use on several ongoing projects, as well as our marketing, in a business environment. Craig has a few words about himself and what he wants to achieve with his time at Trilby.

Hello I’m Craig and I am 23 years old, from Birmingham. After leaving education, I wanted to use my passion for design and find a career using my skills. Having heard about the ‘Make it Digital Traineeship’ offered by the BBC in the Midlands and its successful pilot scheme to update, I jumped at the chance to be involved, having already participated in a Prince’s Trust programme before.

I have had a passion for design since I was 17, so I was over the moon when I got my position at Trilby, so far it has given me a better understanding of the design concepts and how to use and present these in a working environment.

Overall I am enjoying my work placement so far and would like to further it and if possible stay on at Trilby.


Google for Education Roadshows

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Trilby partnering with Google for the ‘Google for Education Roadshow’

Google are running a ‘Google for Education UK Roadshow’ at several locations across the UK, starting in London on 27th April and working their way north during May.

For several months, Trilby have worked alongside Google to create the course content and are delivering the ‘Transformational Planning Workshops’ to schools across the United Kingdom. Due to its success Google have included it as part of the Roadshow, to help reach out to schools in order to receive this extremely beneficial workshop.

The Google for Education Roadshow is a unique series of events giving a behind-the-scenes look at how schools around the country are transforming their approach to teaching and learning. They will be taking a Google for Education pop-up classroom to visit innovative schools in London, Newport, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Wigan. Reference schools will be sharing their experiences of creating digital classrooms and offering advice on how Google tools can be used to engage students and staff and deliver improved learning outcomes. The second day of the events involve Trilbys’ delivery of Google’s “Transformational Planning Workshops” to Senior Leadership for schools invested in their technologies.

Google for Edu UK Roadshow

Google for Education pop-up classroom


As highly experienced trainers, the Tilby team delivers these workshop sessions on behalf of Google. The “Transformational Planning Workshops” are planning and strategy sessions, and the team at Trilby collaborates with the senior leadership teams at each school to develop bespoke strategies for successfully implementing Google technology in their school.

The workshops will hugely benefit participating schools by providing them with a greater understanding of the uses of technology in teaching. They will also demonstrate how different areas of the curriculum can utilise technology to motivate and inspire their students and improve their learning outcomes.

Ben Stanley, Director at Trilby commented, “We’re incredibly excited about delivering the Transformational Planning Workshops as we know the impact they will make on the learning environment. Being recognised for our skills, expertise and passion for technology is very rewarding for the entire Trilby team”.

Welcome to our BBC Make It Digital Trainee, Inam Kayani.

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A warm welcome to Inam, who will be part of the Trilby team for the next two weeks. Inam is a young, enthusiastic digital trainee who has joined us via the ‘BBC Make it Digital Programme’. With the help of Creative Alliance to match his skills with our company ethos and goals, we hope to give him valuable skills within a business environment as well as getting some great new ideas for how we can drive a successful digital marketing campaign. Here are a few words from Inam on the BBC Make it Digital Programme and himself.


Inam Kayani

My name is Inam Kayani and I am a 21 year old, from Birmingham. After deciding to leaving college I have been looking to use my passion for creativity and digital skills to create a career for myself. I found out about the BBC Digital Traineeship scheme through my search for employment and having read about the programme, decided it would really help me gain further skills and open up new opportunities.

The BBC Make It Digital Traineeship programme has been launched nationwide, Birmingham has been chosen as the pilot city for this scheme, working along side Creative Alliance and TDM. It is a nine week traineeship which teaches basic digital skills, such as how to use social media platforms within a professional environment. Giving trainees new skills for creating and editing websites, videos and includes a two-week structured work placement with a company, where the newly learnt skills and knowledge can be applied in real working environment.

The Creative Alliance team recommended I join Trilby Multimedia after they assessed me through out the first weeks of the programme, they thought my personality and passion for IT and digital media would fit in really well with Trilby. Having a good knowledge of IT, I have always been interested in working in any Tech and IT related organisation and Trilby definitely fits into that criteria.

My main goals are to learn new skills which can be picked up only when putting yourself in real working environment and how things run behind the scene, opening up new opportunities and learning new skills in the world of digital marketing.624

Welcome Alena and Julia

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A warm Trilby welcome to Alena and Julia, who have joined us on two different exchange internship programmes to work closely with our team across the business.

Alena will be collaborating with our designer Charlie, who himself has been on an exchange programme to Germany when he first started working at Trilby. Alena will be working on various projects within the design team.

Julia will be working closely with Kasra in our marketing and administration team. She will be contributing to a variety of activities across both departments.

With the great success of previous exchange internship programmes we hope that Alena and Julia will have a fantastic experience with us.


Hi, I’m Alena,

I come from Czech Republic, where I am currently studying Interactive Graphics at the College of Vaclav Hollar in Prague. My studies consist of animation, graphic design, programming and 3D modelling.

Thanks to the internship project I got a chance to spend four weeks in Birmingham working for Trilby as a part of the design team. I am really looking forward to gaining new experiences from my stay with Trilby as I have never worked in a team before. I am excited to contribute to the company with all I can offer, get used to people around me and of course to communicate in English which is not my mother tongue.

Hello, I’m Julia,

I’m from Lohr, a small town in south-West Germany and I’m taking part in a four week internship.
I work as an industrial clerk apprentice at Bosch Rexroth which lasts three years and I’m currently in my second year. After I have completed the apprenticeship I want to Study economics at university.

During my time in Birmingham I’m staying with a nice family and working at Trilby for three weeks. Through this I want to improve my English language skills and get to know more about another culture. I’m really happy to have the opportunity to gain experience in another company abroad.

UK Schools Collaborate with Pupils in the Amazon

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Renowned education specialist, Neil Emery’s third visit to the Amazon Rainforest resulted in the delivery of yet another successful project, this time focussing on river pollution. Utilising a range of innovative technology solutions to engage with pupils, Neil collaborated with three schools in the UK and one in the Amazonian Rainforest to deliver this project.

Neil commented, “Pupils selected to take part in the project were incredibly enthusiastic and couldn’t wait to get on with their river tests. The thought of being involved in a “real” project where they could share their results publicly proved very motivating. Their excitement was really inspiring.”

The pupils were challenged with using a special water quality kit, supplied by Pasco Scientific to measure the levels of PH, oxygen, conductivity and temperature in their local rivers. They were instructed to take readings at three different positions and look for parts of the river that could be affected by pollution.

Neil had set up an iBook template with the headings “What is river pollution?” “What causes river pollution?’ “What are the effects of River Pollution?” and ‘What action can be taken to prevent it?” which the pupils used to enable them to concisely produce their research and findings. Participating pupils were asked to add content to each chapter, documenting their research, findings, data and conclusions. They were also actively encouraged to use a variety of media to demonstrate their finding such as text, images, audio and video. They were then presented with yet another challenging task to create a marketing campaign that they could put into action to help create sales for their finished publication.

Dan Oakes, Head Teacher of one of the UK schools, Malmesbury C of E Primary School, commented, “It is our aspiration that the children in our school are provided with every opportunity to enable them to reach their true potential and be fully prepared for the future that lies ahead of them. The Amazon project was a unique platform for our children to use technology to make a real life connection with a significantly and culturally different community. We were absolutely delighted to participate in this inspirational project and were thrilled by the way our pupils embraced the challenge of investigating and concluding on local issues that in turn will help make a difference to the children in the Amazon.”

The Amazonian school from the Añangu community had been involved with Neil’s Amazon project in 2013 and the pupils were delighted to be involved again. Having engaged with pupils from UK schools and experienced the different culture and approach, they were well prepared to take on this new challenge.

The Amazonian pupils used a range of digital technology devices to deliver their findings. Neil’s extensive skills as an educational trainer were fully exploited as he spent his first day in the community providing iPad training to nine teachers. These skills were then put into action and pupils were engaged in scripting, filming and editing. Those who had experience of the equipment from the year before were confident and creative in filming and producing video content to demonstrate their findings.

Elm Park Primary School in London had taken part in the previous Amazon project so were thrilled to be on board again. Equipped with a wide range of Apple technology, they were looking for creative ways to use these tools to connect with the world. They are now looking to build the work undertaken by their pupils into their curriculum and help research sustainability and their responses to it in a meaningful way.


Neil contacted the UK schools via Skype whilst he was in the Amazon and the children from each of the schools were able to communicate, share and discuss their findings and challenges. This proved fascinating with humorous exchanges between the children as well as a genuine interest in how others had approached the whole project.

All content, videos and images from the project were collated by Neil to enable him to put the publication together in preparation for the children to market it.

Another UK school involved in the project were South Moulton Community College from north Devon. Their year seven pupils began their school career with a trip to Exmoor to investigate the water quality of their local river, and they are now looking forward to using the data they have collected to support their work with Neil and connecting with learners from the Ecuador rain forest.
Pasco Scientific who provided the equipment used by the pupils, and SciChem, who aim to inspire the scientists of the future, sponsored the project. In their view “this project was truly inspirational for budding scientists.”

Neil concluded, “I feel so passionate about technology being utilised to inspire learning, and this project proved just how successful it can be. It spans several areas of the curriculum such as science, geography, ICT and creative skills, not to mention the life skills it provided for many pupils. It demonstrates what really can be achieved when the technology that many schools have invested in fully integrated into all areas of teaching and used to its full potential. By engaging with pupils and bringing a subject to life through technology the results can be genuinely inspirational.”

The schools are currently working on their projects for inclusion in the book, which will be published in the summer.

This years project was supported by our sponsors, and the generous donations made through our WeFund campaign.

For more information, have a look at our dedicated Amazon website:

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