Our work to support a diverse workforce for the future
Engine Shed are committed to championing inclusive economic growth and are at the start of our work to support this.
Employment opportunities in the high-tech, creative, digital and low carbon sectors are increasing. There are jobs that need filling today and as businesses grow so will their need for employees. We need to ensure there is an increase in talent in the next 15 years to fill these roles and that these jobs are accessible to young people locally. Today, the jobs in these sectors are not visible to everyone across the region; some parents, teachers and influencers in young people’s lives don’t know about the opportunities, especially those without friends or family in these sectors.
In order to share what is on offer, Engine Shed are trying out different approaches which we hope will provoke longer term change. Currently these are:
1. School walking tours of the ‘Temple Enterprise Zone’
Working in partnership with our neighbours Unit DX and other nearby business’, 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 at year 5 and 6 pupils and groups of up to 60 young people and we are currently able to host one group a month. To find out more, contact Charlie at Unit DX to find out more.
2.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 school staff, and often host teachers at events. To find out more, please contact Georgie.
3.We have been calling out for new approaches and will soon deliver a ‘Super Project’
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.
4.We will continue to deliver and improve work experience
Engine Shed continues to support work experience placements for young people that take advantage of our captive community of high-tech business’. Additionally we will continue to support innovation in improving the placement of work experience students.
To enquire about work experience at Engine Shed contact Karen
5.We are sharing best practice and contacts
Engine Shed is an entrepreneurial environment and a vibrant hub, which is all about meeting and sharing; this gives us the perfect platform to share our contacts on who is working to support a diverse workforce for the future. We have a google doc of projects and people we are aware of working to support young people into tech, please contact Georgie to access thi
6.We host visits groups of young people through our key partners
We are committed to continuing supporting existing partners ‘My Future My Choice’ and ‘Into University’ who already use our space to inspire young people.
Why Bristol and Bath’s Ecosystem needs diverse talent…
A key part of Engine Shed’s vision is to increase inclusive, sustainable economic growth by supporting a diverse workforce for the future. The West of England has a huge and richly diverse population. Ninety-one languages are spoken daily; residents come from 187 countries of origin, which is an asset in a global economy – the stage on which the West of England is increasingly performing.
Our view is that by focusing on the economic imperative of creating jobs, and ensuring those jobs are sustainable, accessible and attractive to people from all backgrounds and cultures, the benefit to employers will be significant.
If you have any thoughts on Engine Shed’s work to support a diverse workforce for the future, then please share these with our engagement officer: