To achieve our vision of an inclusive and sustainable economy, we have seeded a number of activities as experiments. Some of those have now become ‘business as usual’.
Our most recent experiment is our Entrepreneurial Outreach project
Engine Shed has partnered with ACH and Barton Hill Settlement to strengthen new and existing businesses from under-represented communities the region and inform the development of existing business support systems in the area. Connecting Engine Shed’s expertise, reputation, and business connections to the communities where ACH and Barton Hill Settlement have already developed a strong and trusted relationship with residents will support a more inclusive business environment for local companies and entrepreneurs. The one-year pilot is funded by ACH, Engine Shed, the West of England Combined Authority, and the University of Bristol, and started in September 2018 with the appointment of an “Entrepreneurial Facilitator” who is employed by ACH and trained by ACH, Barton Hill Settlement, Engine Shed, and SETsquared Bristol. The pilot is the first of a number of projects that the University of Bristol is supporting as part of its commitment to engaging with local communities ahead of the development of the new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.
Since Engine Shed started, we have been developing our Diverse Workforce for the Future project
Engine Shed are committed to championing inclusive economic growth. Employment opportunities in the high-tech, creative, digital and low carbon sectors are increasing and there are jobs that need filling today and as businesses grow so will their need for employees. We need to ensure an increase in talent in the next 15 years to fill these roles and make these jobs accessible to young people locally.
Bristol is fortunate to have Residents from 187 countries of origin and there are over 91 languages spoken – a real asset in a global economy. Yet sectors currently do not reflect this diversity or diversity in gender, and the region is missing out on talent.
We know the breadth of career opportunities are not visible to everyone across the region, especially those without friends or family in these sectors. Evidence shows that young people form their aspirations and ideas about careers long before they are ready to join the labour market, some research says as young as 4, and its these aspirations that partly motivate educational attainment as well as subject choice selection.
Raising the profile of the opportunities available in the Region is where Engine Shed is currently choosing to focus energy. Read on to find out how to take part.
We are taking the Engine Shed on Tour!
Engine Shed on Tour
In 2017 Engine Shed set aside £15K of its surplus to work with partners on projects that will support diversity in the future workforce.
To find these partners Engine Shed published a ‘call for project ideas’. We set out to find people that had an innovative approach on ‘How to inspire and prepare young people from diverse backgrounds, for the opportunities in the high-tech, low-carbon, entrepreneurial and digital creative sectors’. We had interest from over 65 people and received 18 applications which we shortlisted to 8. These 8 projects were pitched an a event on October 10th, held here at Engine Shed.
Boomsatsuma were one of the four winners who will come together to deliver the ‘Super Project’. From March to July this year, Boomsatsuma will offer over 1000 secondary and primary school pupils rare access to some of the region’s most exciting, innovative, and fast growing businesses…
We offer our venue free of charge for Schools to host Inset days
We are offering 24 days of room hire free of charge, for Schools from the region to host Inset or training days here. Staff will be offered a tour of both the Engine Shed and the SETsquared High Tech Incubator by staff experienced in the sectors.
We are keen to meet and support teachers and educators and encourage staff and Governors to get in touch by contacting Lorraine.
We host Year 5 and 6 pupils through 'STEM day tours'
Working in partnership with our neighbours Unit DX and Ultrahaptics, school are invited to take part in a free STEM focused day out in the ‘Temple Enterprise Zone’. The day offers a chance to take part in hands-on science activities, visit inspiring workspaces and meet STEM entrepreneurs.
Please note: this day out is currently focused on year 5 and 6 pupils. We are currently able to host one group of 60 children a month and there is currently a short waiting list. To find out more or join the waiting list, contact Charlie at Unit DX.
We are supporting Digilocal to develop
DigiLocal® support communities to run tech clubs for young people between the ages of 8 – 14 . They provide regular, positive activities that encourage problem solving, cognitive skills and ‘computational thinking’.
Digilocal want to ensure technical skills are accessible to all young people in the region. Winning support from Engine Shed through the ‘Call for Ideas’, Digilocal will be linking parents, engineers and children to co-develop exciting and culturally relevant resources, which aim to increase participation and engagement at their 16 weekly clubs.
Digilocal will host three workshops with communities to generate ideas, stories, or traditions that could be developed in to a game or activity. Working with the tech community some of these ideas will then be turned into games & programmes that can be used a club session. The process will be documented allowing young people to understand the engineering journey.
Through the ‘Super Project’ Engine Shed have also funded educator and STEM ambassador Lucia Burtnik to work with the Digilocal team to ensure that resources engage young people in Maths, by making the subject fun and accessible.
We host work experience placements and employ apprentices
Engine Shed continues to support work experience placements for young people that take advantage of our captive community of high-tech business’. We offer 2 work experience placements a year and have had 4 people take up this opportunity to date. Additionally we will continue to support innovation in improving the placement of work experience students.
Engine Shed employs reception apprentices. Our first apprentice Jasmin is close to completing her time with us and we have already taken on our new apprentice for 2018, Nimrah.
To enquire about work experience or apprenticeships at Engine Shed contact Karen
We host visits groups of young people through our key partners
We work with charities‘Into University’ and ‘My future My choice’ to bring young people into contact with people in business. We always need exciting people to volunteer, so if you are interest in sharing your passion or work story with young people, please get in touch.