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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

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.

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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
  • 09 January 2020, University of Winchester
  • 02 April 2020, Arts University Bournemouth
  • Date TBC, University of Portsmouth

Festival of the Engineering and Manufacturing Industries

  • 17 December 2019, Bournemouth University – THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL, please email sun@soton.ac.uk to be placed on a wait list.
  • 03 June 2020, University of Southampton
  • 10 June 2020, University of Southampton
  • Date TBC, University of Portsmouth

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.

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*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 NCOP learners and their progression, we would like as many learners as possible attending to be NCOP (those young people living in an NCOP ‘target ward’, identified by the Postcode Profiler). We would suggest a 80/20 split of NCOP /non-NCOP. For those non-NCOP 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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See us in the Basingstoke Gazette: here