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Engine Shed will launch its latest project, Engine Shed on Tour, on 23rd January. The tour bus, which is fully kitted out with filming and production equipment, will make 16 stops around schools and youth clubs in the area, giving young people the chance to create short films about digital and career opportunities.
Engine Shed on Tour is a project by Boomsatsuma, which was selected as one of four winners at Engine Shed’s Ideas Pitching event in October 2017. Boomsatsuma will staff the bus as it makes its journey around the region, applying their expertise in delivering projects to inspire young people, offering them unique creative experience, and helping develop skills to apply in tech and digital careers.
Mark Curtis, Creative Director of Boomsatsuma said:
“We’re delighted to see our vision come to life. The Engine Shed on Tour brings Boomsatsuma’s creative, educational, and film production skills together to inspire young people across the region. The bus will be fitted with state of the art equipment to build awareness around careers in sectors that may not seem accessible to children from all backgrounds.”
Engine Shed announced Boomsatsuma, ‘Eidos’ and Babassa, Digilocal, and Cognitive Paths as the four joint winners of the Ideas Pitching event, as part of the Diverse Workforce for the Future project. The winners will work together to design, create, and deliver a ‘super project’ that aims to encourage and inspire young people from diverse backgrounds to follow careers in the digital, high tech, and low carbon sectors where adults of their demographics are currently underrepresented. Engine Shed on Tour is Boomsatsuma’s ambitious offering.
A key part of Engine Shed’s vision is to increase long-term, inclusive, sustainable economic growth by working with teachers and young people to support a diverse workforce for the future, and open sectors to future employees from wide ranging socioeconomic backgrounds.
Engine Shed Director Nick Sturge said:
“At Engine Shed, we celebrate innovation, collaboration, and diversity – and there’s nowhere better for us to champion this than within schools. Young people are the future, and Engine Shed on Tour will drive the desire and opportunities for young people to develop their skills in high technology sectors, resulting in high level recruitment in these industries for the South West, which is one of our integral goals. Diverse teams – whether at board level or at product-development level inevitably lead to better results and we hope that this project not only increases the long-term pipeline of diverse talent abut also raises the encourages employers to embrace diversity. We are also thrilled to be working with our friends at Boomsatsuma, who bring professionalism, energy and creativity to life in projects such as this.”
The Engine Shed on Tour bus will make 16 stops between March and July 2018, with hopes to continue subject to funding. The project will be revealed at the Engine Shed’s 4th anniversary celebration on 23rd January. Find out more about Engine Shed on Tour, the Diverse Workforce for the Future programme, and how to book a visit for your group, school, or company here.
Organisations interested in sponsoring this activity to allow it to continue past July 2018 are encouraged to get in touch.