Backing Bury: how we support future creative hopefuls
Pixelwave Creative supports helping shape the next generation’s workforce by giving young people an insight into working in the creative industry.
We’re proud to be active in a number of initiatives that support young people as they look ahead to their future career.
In June, we headed to St. Gabriel’s R.C. High School in Bury as part of the Employers in Education scheme. The local project is a collaboration between Bury Council, local employers, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the National Careers Service (NCS).
The aim is to positively influence student aspirations and post high school decision-making.
JP Woffenden spoke to pupils at the school about working in the creative industry sector, the opportunities available and how to develop within our industry.
Pixelwave also recently welcomed Alex from Parrenthorn High School in Prestwich, Greater Manchester, to the office for a week’s placement with the team. Alex was able to shadow the team and gain an insight into all areas of the business; researching target markets, planning content for internal marketing and attending a film shoot.
We also gave Alex hands on experience of using production gear (camera & editing software) and the opportunity to shoot and edit a short video.
This summer, we will also be supporting the National Citizen Service (NCS) Challenge once again. NCS is a government-funded initiative that supports community engagement, social action and social mixing among young people aged 15 to 17.
The programme, run during the school holidays, is made up of a series of challenges where youngsters are encouraged to develop empathy, responsibility and understanding for themselves, each other and their communities.
JP Woffenden at Pixelwave Creative says: “We’re committed to helping the development of young people in Bury and proud to be involved with a number of initiatives that could help shape their future. Research has identified that encounters with the world of work can change young people’s attitudes and improve academic attainment.”
“It is such a rewarding experience to share insight into working in the videography business with Bury pupils. But we also benefit hugely as it gives our company the opportunity to engage with the next generation of employees -and future customers – and gain an insight into what they are learning in school in terms of video and digital media and what they think is on trend.”