In May and June of 2016, SharpFutures welcomed 88 young people from secondary schools and colleges in Manchester funded and chosen by Great Places for four different Creative Digital Experience Days. The young people got to visit The Sharp Project for a tour and creative digital careers overview plus a variety of bespoke workshops ran by professional businesses based at The Sharp Project from the Creative Digital sector.
The programme was created to help schools deliver their obligations in C.E.I.A.G, and to raise awareness in pupils and teaching staff about one of Manchester’s key growth areas, to therefore support the city in its efforts to bridge the skills gap in Digital literacy and to increase the number of new entrants into the Creative Digital sector.
As identified by Great Places, SharpFutures invited in from Levenshulme High School, St Peter’s RCHS, Cedar Mount Academy, The Manchester College and Connell Sixth Form.
Cedar Mount Academy attended their Creative Digital Experience day on 27th May, they brought along 15 Year 9 pupils and 2 teachers. The workshops they attended were:
- Green Screen Journalism: A hands on insight into the world of broadcast journalism with students taking on the role of camera operator, sound crew, director, script writer and presenter to create their own live studio link in The Sharp Project’s Green Screen studios.
- Digital Forensics: Pupils learn about the importance of online safety in this presentation about forensics and the amount of personal information which can be stored in mobile and digital technology
“The pupils got hands on experience with filming, the day was very organized and all the staff were friendly, we would have liked to spend longer there! If we can again we would like to do workshops in film editing and photography. The pupils are now looking into careers in the creative digital sector” Angela Gill Head of Year 9
“The day was very informative, it gave the students good ideas to what they could do in the future, it was a very well organized day and if we came back we would like to do workshops in filming, photography, graphic design, all the topics on offer look interesting. “ Debra Cornick Assistant Head of Year 9
“The visit was interesting, educational and entertaining, my favourite workshop was filming a news interview. From the day I have learnt that a small business can develop and expand and communication helps with getting a job. I am now thinking about doing a career in web development or design.” Kyle
“My day was interesting and exciting, I got to know about different careers. I enjoyed doing green screen journalism because you get to feel how it would be if you did it as a job. I have learnt that in this industry you don’t have to be good at just one thing you can do a lot of different things and work on them all together. The day has made me realize there are a lot of opportunities and careers available.” Simsa
“Today was so interesting and exciting, I really enjoyed the green screen journalism because it was so interesting and I learnt a lot, I also learnt about new careers such as coding, broadcast and journalism and it has made me reconsider my future careers.” Paloma
St Peter’s RCHS attended their experience day on 24th June, they brought 27 Year 9 pupils and they did also did workshops in Green Screen Journalism and Digital Forensics.
After the experience day we received a letter from the school:
“Thank you for hosting St Peter’s today and giving us a tour of The Sharp Project. We had a great time learning about green screen technology and digital forensics. It was good for us to see so many exciting digital businesses working in Manchester creating opportunities for us all. We really enjoyed our visit, and hope other students in our school will get to have a similar experience in the future.” Suki Leong
“I had a lot of fun here and recording the video and also finding out about digital forensics. I would love to come here again or hopefully get an apprenticeship here. I would love to work in the digital industry.” Elishbazafer
“I loved the fact that Glen really enjoys what he is doing and how he talked about the future careers that we could possibly do. I mainly enjoyed the workshops which allowed us to have fun and participate in the activities. Thank you SharpFutures.” Masudur
“My experience from today was brilliant and I have seen some amazing things which I wouldn’t have thought of and I have learnt about many things here at The Sharp Project for example how filming companies earn their money. Finally my best part from today was the green screen journalism which I found very fun and amazing.” Year 9 Pupil
“I have enjoyed the experience of coming to The Sharp Project and I am looking to maybe getting a job here. I have also learned more about digital technology at The Sharp Project” Daniel
Connell Sixth Form and The Manchester College shared their full experience day on 28th June, Connell Sixth Form brought along 8 pupils and The Manchester College brought along 10 pupils. They did workshops in Green Screen Journalism, also
- 3D Courtroom Forensics: Students got an insight as to what goes on in this job role and what type of things they have to deal with.
- Freelance Photography: Students discovered the basics of taking a good headshot and what skills are needed to cut it as a freelancer in the Creative Digital sector.
- Branding and Logo Design: A presentation in the rules of designing a logo and the most clever brand designs of the past decade inspire the students to create their own logos using their own creativity.
“From my perspective, today was an excellent experience for our students. The workshops were informative and engaging and gave the students insight into a number of career pathways. All-round, today was a brilliant experience and we are grateful for the opportunity, Thanks!” P.s. we love Rachael and Co.“ English Teacher
”Thank you for a brilliant and very well organized day. Our students had a great time and it will be very beneficial in the future” Tom Head of English
“The day I spent at The Sharp Project was really fun and educational. I learnt a lot about photography as well as other sectors of the creative industry. I would definitely recommend the day to students and I feel like The Sharp Project might be a place I would like to work in some day.” Samuel
“It was fun and informative, it was beneficial to see all the different careers available in the creative industry. It was a fantastic opportunity and opened my eyes to all the different jobs and uses in creative media.” Year 12 Pupil
“Where to start? Fantastic experience with SharpFutures today; from planning an advertising campaign, perfecting the art of a selfie and solving a murder case – all of the students in Manchester should come here and their eyes opened to the creative talents of our city!” Year 12 Pupil
Levenshulme High School attended their creative digital experience day on 30th June and brought along 28 Year 9 pupils. The workshops they attended were Green Screen Journalism and Freelance Photography.
After the experience day we received an email from Leveshulme high school:
“Thank you once again on behalf of the girls and myself for organising this trip for our students. It created a real buzz and they really enjoyed both the workshops. It helped raised awareness about all the opportunities and the different roles out there in the creative and digital sector and also to think about different career pathways.” Ayesha Qureshi Work Related Learning Coordinator
“Today was an interesting day and I have learnt a lot of new things and skills. It was good because this experience now has me questioning what I want to do with my future whether I want to go to university or whether I want to do an apprenticeship. I liked the photography workshop as I learnt a lot of new things and I have in interest in photography and I think it’s important to know about it. The green screen journalism was fun and I have also learnt something new about that. SharpFutures gave me an interesting experience and I am considering coming back in the future.” Asiya
“I think that SharpFutures Discover helped me to figure out parts of my future and what I want to be and do when I am older. I also learnt that my future career does not really need university and I can do an apprenticeship. I would love to come back again and start a career here. Maybe in gaming or scripting. I think it was an excellent experience.” Nida
“I thought it was amazing it was really creative innovative and had lots of interesting careers and options for almost anyone really. We got to know a lot of things about the media about photography, journalism, got to know behind the scenes and find out a lot of amazing interesting facts which was fun.” Tooba