After being postponed by the beast for the east, the best from the west are finally underway as the Engine Shed Tour Bus kicked off its tour of schools and businesses from Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset, and North Somerset.

On 10 April, Engine Shed on Tour made its maiden voyage to Bristol and Bath Science Park and CFMS with students from Digitech Studio School in Warmley.

A tour of discovery

Looking to encourage young people to follow careers in the tech, digital, and low carbon sectors Engine Shed on Tour will visit 16 schools and businesses between April and July 2018. The secondary school pupils will be taught to use 360° cameras by older Boomsatsuma students to shape a short film about the business they’ve visited, and what it’s like to work there.

Lyndsay Davies, Creative Project Manager at Boomsatsuma said “The Engine Shed on Tour project is a fantastic opportunity for young people from diverse backgrounds to gain rare insights to some of the city’s most innovative organisations whilst exploring their own creativity through access to high tech equipment. The young people are at the heart of this project and the resources made by them, for them, will seek to harness their fresh perspectives on exciting workspaces that can be shared by all.”

The films will be led by the information that young people want to discover about a workplace, and it’s hoped they will showcase a range of roles from entry level to senior positions, and the exciting tech and creative careers in the West of England.

The films will then be shown by the secondary school pupils to their feeder primary school’s year 5 and 6 pupils, where around 1,000 children will have access to the work they have created.

Inclusive Economy

Nick Sturge, Director, Engine Shed commented “We are really delighted to see the Engine Shed on Tour bus on the road at Bristol & Bath Science Park with Digitech Studio School pupils. Engine Shed aims to inspire creativity and growth in others and we have gained access to 16 innovative, growing businesses in the West of England region that could offer future opportunities for the diverse young people in education right now. This is an important milestone in progressing an inclusive economy for the future. We are looking forward to seeing what the students produce and how our partner companies gain insight into their business.”

Other businesses hosting student groups will include Actual Experience, Renishaw, and Pukka Teas. The tour is part of Engine Shed’s campaign to drive inclusive economic growth, encouraging young people from diverse backgrounds to work in sectors where their groups are currently underrepresented.

Engine Shed on Tour and the Diverse Workforce for the Future project has been made possible by the reinvestment of £15,000 surplus income raised by companies and individuals using Engine Shed as tenants, members and for events and room hire. Since its launch in 2013, £113,000 of Engine Shed’s profit has gone back into projects that support the local economy and start-up ecosystem.

Check out how the tour goes, and the videos these bright sparks make on the Engine Shed on Tour page. Keep up to date with all Engine Shed and Boomsatsuma new by following them on twitter here: @engineshed_BB and @Boomsatsuma