Joining the National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE) as a communications assistant this summer stands as a milestone in my professional journey, writes Gaurav Dhoot, content development and communications assistant. My internship, although rooted in content development, gave me profound exposure to the realm of rural enterprise, particularly via NICRE's innovation portal. My passion for cycling has also always led me to explore rural landscapes, and the thrill of seeing them up close excites and motivates me to work in organisations such as NICRE that focus on rural areas.
A substantial portion of my role was dedicated to NICRE’s innovation portal - a platform hosted on the website spotlighting captivating case studies from various rural businesses, organisations and communities.
Specifically, my input in the context of case studies for the portal was to adjust the language in submitted templates to align with our style and tone, where necessary, ensuring the original meaning and critical terminology remained untouched. Using the content management system, Umbraco, I refined my expertise in smoothly uploading content by preparing these studies to be published online. The commitment to uniformity, rigorous proofreading, and grasping the intricacies of rural enterprises and communities were critical to my professional growth.
Modules I worked on included 'Rural enterprise hubs', which are designed to unite rural businesses in shared spaces, fostering innovation and knowledge exchange, and the forthcoming one on models of community engagement. My contributions spanned fine-tuning and refreshing the website with a new case study for Gallery Forty5, a hub for creative businesses in Felton, Northumberland, and presenting examples of several projects which showcase community engagement. These tasks entailed editing, collaborating with senior members of the team for approvals, and ensuring the studies' impeccable presentation on our platform. Having exposure to initiatives that empower businesses and communities with practical resources was genuinely invigorating.