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Festivals of Industry 2019-20

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Festival of the Creative and Digital Industries 2018 Photo: Bournemouth Daily Echo

Events cancelled

The SUN has taken the decision to cancel the Festivals of Industry 2020.

This decision has not been made lightly. In accordance with Government advice, we must take all necessary action to reduce the opportunities for infection to take place. Travel and gatherings of groups of individuals presents an increased risk. 

Though we are hugely disappointed to cancel these events, the well-being of students, staff and education professionals is of utmost importance.

Once there is further guidance around the national situation for covid-19, we will update our site with further information.

The Festivals

We are pleased to announce the return of the Festival of the Creative and Digital Industries, and the Festival of the Engineering and Manufacturing Industries. These events will provide students with an opportunity to gain a hands-on, interactive experience with a local industry employer.

Employers will task students with a practical brief reflecting the work within their business while also providing context on their related industry and the opportunities available to young people.

The events are designed to build student confidence and realise aspirations through interactions with employers in a workshop setting. With Ofsted’s recommendations for enterprise, employability and employer engagement, we hope the events will also show successful student/employer engagement as well as developing students’ soft skills such as teamwork and presenting.


Dates & locations

All events run from 09:30-14:30 and schools can apply for one date per festival*

Festival of the Creative and Digital Industries

  • 20 November 2019, Southampton Solent University FULL
  • 02 April 2020, Arts University Bournemouth CANCELLED
  • 17 June 2020, University of Portsmouth CANCELLED

Festival of the Engineering and Manufacturing Industries

  • 17 December 2019, Bournemouth University FULL
  • 03 June 2020, University of Southampton CANCELLED
  • 10 June 2020, University of Southampton CANCELLED
  • 06 May 2020, University of Portsmouth CANCELLED

Who is it for?

These opportunities are open to Year 9 and 10 students** to support their participation/knowledge of the relevant industries. Students do not have to be studying/wanting to study related subjects at GCSE or beyond in order to attend.

These events are free of charge for all those attending but all travel and staff cover costs will need to be funded through the schools SPOC funding.

Places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.


*To ensure fairness, please note that schools who apply to both festivals are not guaranteed to receive places on each.

**As a OFS funded programme with specific aims to support target learners and their progression, we would like as many learners as possible attending to be target learners (those young people living in a Uni Connect ‘target ward’, identified by the Postcode Profiler). We would suggest a 80/20 split of target /non-target. For those non-targeted learners, we would encourage they meet at least one of the following criteria: be in receipt of Free School Meals, be of BME background, have a disability, have parents who have never attended HE, live in care, and/or be a young carer or come from a military service family.

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