Create Your Future: Post hands Barking & Dagenham College students paid positions after takeover

From left: Rheanna Stiles, who will be writing a column in the Post, and internship winners Emillie

From left: Rheanna Stiles, who will be writing a column in the Post, and internship winners Emillie Rix and Michael Morar with Post executive editor Michael Adkins - Credit: Archant

A dyslexic student has been offered the chance to become a paid columnist for the Post while another two students have been offered internships.

Rheanna Stiles is set to write a monthly column aiming to raise awareness of the common learning difficulty after she impressed bosses with her ability to discuss it openly and eloquently.

The 17-year-old trainee hairdresser was selected from the student takeover team that helped produce last week’s edition of the Post alongside internship-winners Emillie Rix, 17, and Michael Morar, 16.

“I actually can’t believe it ,” said a dumbstruck Rheanna. “They didn’t say anything about this. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Emillie, who took over as student editor for the week, said she was “over the moon” at winning the paid editorial internship which will see her spend 10 weeks as a cub reporter for the Post over the coming months.

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“I didn’t expect it at all, everyone was so strong in what they were doing,” said the fashion student. “I’m excited now and I can’t wait to start.”

Business student Michael, who will join the sales team, said: “I feel quite excited and honoured. I wasn’t expecting it at all – it’s really nice. I can’t wait to finish my course and start this.”

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Lorna Willis, who helped set up the takeover project with Archant – the Post’s publishing group – said it had been “absolutely fantastic”.

She added: “We always hoped the students would get something from it, I think the surprise is how much we have got from the students.”

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