The creative digital sector is one of the fastest growing industries in the UK, bursting with opportunity for bright, ambitious youngsters. With so many career paths to choose from, it’s not easy for students to know how and where to focus their abilities. SharpFutures Discover aims to broaden horizons and unlock potential for the creative digital workforce of tomorrow.

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We offer a variety of packages ranging from experience days to large-scale events. Being based across The Sharp Project and Space Studios Manchester, we have access to a range of pioneering creative digital businesses, along with a first class network of industry experts across the UK.

Tours Half Day Experience Full Day Experience
A tour of The Sharp Project or Space Studios Manchester with a Creative Digital Careers overview A half day experience which includes a tour of The Sharp Project with a Creative Digital Careers overview plus two creative digital workshops with professional businesses based in The Sharp Project A full day experience which includes a tour of The Sharp Project with a Creative Digital Careers overview plus four creative digital workshops with professional businesses based in The Sharp Project with lunch provided in the campus area.

The Sharp Project is home to over 60 digital entrepreneurs and production companies specialising in digital content production, digital media and TV and film production. During a tour of The Sharp Project, groups of up to 30 are immersed into the vibrant creative digital tech hub, as well as learning about the variety of emerging careers behind the businesses based there. Students are also presented with opportunities to gain work experience, apprenticeships and paid work with SharpFutures.

Space Studios Manchester is a fast growing TV and Film production hub in Gorton, where several dramas have been filmed including Cold Feet, The A Word and No Offence. A tour of Space Studios Manchester gives groups an insight into behind the scenes in television plus the chance to discover the vast array of careers in production. From carpenters to camera ops, actors to electricians; guests eyes are opened to the range of both traditional, creative and digital roles needed to work in the broadcast industry.

Free tour of The Sharp Project and Space Studios Manchester for Schools, Colleges and Universities

All Manchester schools, colleges and universities are entitled to one free tour of The Sharp Project or Space Studios Manchester for up to 30 students. During these visits, students and teachers will find out about the exciting CEIAG opportunities in the creative digital sector, as well as an insight into these vibrant digital production hubs. To book your schools’ place, please see the contact information below.

Work Experience

SharpFutures offer creative digital work experience for ages 14+ for a minimum of 5 days. Students are immersed into the world of work by supporting SharpFutures with graphic design, events management, social media, production and more. Please click on the poster below for further info.

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SharpFutures have access to a range of pioneering creative digital businesses based at The Sharp Project and Space Studios Manchester. As well as a tour around either site plus a creative digital careers overview, you can also add on additional workshops ran by professional businesses. For more information on the workshops, please see below:

AR & VR in the Classroom

Branding and logo Design

Covers the basic principles of graphic design including colour theory and psychology, the creative process and consistency, exploration and analysis of commercial designs, tips and inspiration for your students. 

Coding & Raspberry Pi

Work with SharpFutures apprentices in a variety of hands on coding activities from creating your own rock band to programming a banana to play as a keyboard. 

Digital Freelance Photography

Work with a highly experienced, professional photographer to discover techniques in taking the perfect shot plus inspiration and tips on how to make it as a freelancer. 

Digital Forensics

Takes the importance of online safety whilst exploring digital forensics as an industry including cell site analysis of mobile phone data.

Social Media in the Workplace

The Digital Courtroom

Explore new technologies used in the criminal justice system including big data visualisation / bespoke software development for visual apps. 

Web Development

All workshops last around 45 minutes. please get in touch if you have any bespoke requests around the subject on offer.

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Take a look at our SharpFutures Discover Events below:

Space Studios Manchester Project Open Evening – Tuesday 9th May, 4-7pm

An opportunity for those interested in behind the scenes craft and technical careers in TV, to meet industry professionals to give advice of how to get a foot in the door of the sector. Whether an existing trades person or newly qualified, the open evening will host a vast array of representatives from the sector including; set designers, makeup artists, caterers, electricians, carpenters, painters and decorators.

To find out more or to sign up for a place at the open evening please text your name, age, address and area of interest to 07391 246 317 or email discover@sharpfutures.org.uk to secure your place. 

Computing, Curriculum and Careers

The CCC event was hosted by The Sharp Project and was aimed at secondary school leaders, computer science teachers and careers advisors to inspire, inform and create new approaches to the computing curriculum and promote creative digital careers. The event was sponsored by Manchester City Council (MCC) and delivered by The CCC Working Group.

The event invited employers to share knowledge and skills with secondary schools in Manchester through a variety of different activities, in order to future proof their students for successful careers in creative digital sectors.

Digital Teapot 2013-2015

A life changing event of workshops, discussions and networking at The Sharp Project that inspired  women into Creative Digital and gave them confidence to use digital technology. With workshops on offer in; e-commerce, coding, social media and content creation/blogging, it also supported women to find new, flexible ways of working.

EYC Logo and Branding Design

eyc logoReady for their 2019 bid, The European Youth Capital sponsored a Tour round The Sharp Project, a careers overview of the Creative Digital sector and a chance to get involved in the branding of the logo for the bid. Run by SharpFutures and and also Studio Two. 

Manchester CoderDojo

 CD-NewLogo-lores-01A volunteer-led community group for young people to code and make things, hosted monthly by SharpFutures at The Sharp Project. Manchester CoderDojo is the largest in the country. Click here to find out about CoderDojo

Manchester In The Know Event

Is a brand new, STEM specific event which aims to get our future workforce ‘In the Know’ about the up and coming career opportunities in Manchester. It will inspire and motivate young people to consider careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, some of Manchester’s largest expected growth sectors in the coming years.

SharpFutures will be carrying out some hands on coding activities including Raspberry-pi’s with Scratch, Sonic-pi and Mankey Mankey activities. We will also be talking about the career options available in the Creative Digital Sector and give the attendees an insight as to what we do at SharpFutures.

Women Change Manchester

women change manchesterTook place at the  The Sharp Project with the focus on giving a platform to inspiring Mancunian women’s voices from a diverse section of society from the past and the present with local female students who were invited to come along and pledge what a difference they will make to Manchester in the future. The event began with the screening of our two Women Change Manchester films.