SharpFutures POD is a pool of entry level, eager to gain experience, new entrants with the ability to provide important, flexible support to fledgling and fast-growing businesses in the creative digital sector.

With members recruited and retained based on a desire to develop sector-relevant skills, SharpFutures POD offer clients the opportunity to bring on board temporary, support staff while also playing a valuable part in young people’s career development.

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Here are some of our clients


Committing to a new full-time team member may be a stretch for small businesses, whereas having had the opportunity to ‘try before you buy’ can give employers confidence to commit. Many of the support skills required by creative digital employers are in short bursts on casting days, press days and events; just the areas in which the SharpFutures POD are keen to build their experience and portfolio of clients in. Made up of apprentices, graduates and job seekers with entry level skills in production running, social media, admin and marketing support, SharpFutures POD fulfils a valuable function.

Flexible, adaptive, enthusiastic and on-call to meet your business needs, SharpFutures POD provides a unique support service for creative digital businesses, while helping to identify and bring through new talent in the creative digital sector. Nurturing and supporting the organic development of individuals and businesses on both sides of the employer / employee divide, SharpFutures POD provides much-needed support when and where it really makes a difference.

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We are always looking for talented new POD members and try to hold regular open days so that you can come and meet the team.

If you are interested send your CV and a brief summary of who you are, what your ambition is and why you think you would be a brilliant POD member and Sophie our booking agent will let you know when the next event is.




“SharpFutures POD is a service that allows me to connect with new talent in Manchester.  We needed a video made to be edited for social media and their attitude and professionalism made me confident that they could interpret the brief and work alongside my Director. The staff are friendly and the content produced was exactly what we needed.”


"...If we get any further work of this or a similar nature, we'll definitely be looking to hire Adam, if someone else hasn't snapped him up first ;)... "


“POD (Lacey) joined the team with great enthusiasm and knowledge, she is extremely proactive and not afraid to get her hands dirty.We organised a branding day at Sharp Futures and would not have managed to get enough numbers without Lacey's promotion on our social media.”


"Renardo have been very professional, helpful, polite and sensitive, throughout this stressful experience with the office moves. He has been very hard working. He is a credit to the company and an asset to the management’"


“..Please pass along my sincere thanks to all your runners...”



“I want to say a HUGE thank you for sending Bav and Shu-Ling our way. Once they'd been briefed and given their responsibilities, we had no worries at all about them. I would definitely recommend them at any event and it's clear to see they are very keen to learn more and take on bigger responsibilities”


“...All the runners were fantastic!”


“SharpFutures was absolutely brilliant yesterday. Our runner used his initiative, helped out the camera guys setting up and putting the equipment away and he looked after our clients...  Great work!"

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As a POD member, you will get:

  • Fair hourly wage for every hour worked (no free ‘work experience’) + employee benefits including holidays
  • Working in the heart of the digital creative sector of Manchester
  • The chance to work with a variety of businesses
  • The chance to work in different fields and gain industry skills
  • Flexibility to pick and choose the days/hours you want to work
  • Join a closed Facebook page and interact with like-minded colleagues and share work and experiences
  • Join a very active social group
  • Friendly management team that offers career advice and feedback
  • The chance to be accepted on to a paid industry relevant placement
  • The chance to network and gain industry relevant contacts in production and beyond
  • The chance to attend free seminars/training

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Pod - News and Updates

Our POD members are passionate about the creative digital sector and through SharpFutures they gain valuable work experience that buereilds confidence and valuable skills.  Below are blogs written by them about their experiences and tips for others on how to be successful in the industry.


You can book POD for as little as an hour by just emailing or calling us: pod@sharpfutures.org.uk / 0161 282 8380

Please note  – SharpFutures does not provide social media services but does provide ‘an extra pair of hands’. The social media strategy, task management, audits and approvals remain with the organisation taking on a POD member. For more information, please contact the SharpFutures office in Blue 56.