Bristol and Bath’s Ecosystem needs diverse talent
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 really accessible to young people locally.
Today, the jobs in these sectors are not always 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.
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.
Engine Shed’s approach
We are committed to championing inclusive economic growth; and we are at the start of our work to support this. We are ambitious for this region – we want Bristol and Bath to be recognised internationally as innovative and dynamic in supporting inclusive growth.
Engine shed aims to try out different approaches which provoke longer term change. Our unique position with many trusting stakeholders, gives us the opportunity and the responsibility to experiment with new ideas.
We are not restricted by a need for evaluations or project outcomes but we hope that any interventions will raise awareness of opportunities and will form part of wider initiatives to support individual pupils, schools, parents/carers and teachers.
We host a number of strategic tenants (known as Components), have meeting spaces for collaboration to take place (rooms for hire and members’ business lounge), enable co-working for small enterprises to access our networks, and host and support events that connect actors in our ecosystem. We will use the money, intelligence and knowledge that those provide to fulfil our ambitions.
What we are currently trying out:
We have been working reactively as we established ourselves, but moving forward Engine Shed will be more proactive:
We have set aside up to £15K of our surplus to work with partners. This year we are publishing a call for partners to work with us to try out new ways of encouraging young people (years 5-8) who are currently unrepresented in the digital, high-tech, low-carbon and creative sectors. We want to support innovative ideas that are looking to disrupt and create long-term change! If you are interested in the details of the call – please register your interest here
We are committed to continuing supporting existing partners ‘My Future My Choice’ and ‘Into University’ who already use our space to inspire young people. We are responding to visit requests from schools as they arise and are working with other local organisations, such as maker lab ‘ Unit DX’ and business ‘Ultrahaptics’ to develop enriching days out for Schools in the Temple Enterprise Zone. Find out more by emailing Georgie
We will continue to support work experience placements that take advantage of our captive community of high-tech business’. And we will continue to support innovation in improving the placement of work experience students.
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 what is working to support a diverse workforce for the future.
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: