Boomsatsuma, which was based in one of the Boxworks units, has its first new students starting today at the agency-style media production course in Bristol’s high tech and creative hub, Engine Shed. The space has been setup over the Summer with some great facilities that you’d expect to see in any of the digital agencies across the city. This is a new immersive course for young people offering entry level pathways into creative and high tech industries. Students will be working towards an extended diploma whilst working in a creative agency serving the needs of stakeholders and industry partners.
Nick Sturge, Director of Engine Shed, commented “To be able to host an innovative skills programme for young people, who can then fuel the growth of the creative industry, completely fits with our mission. Engine Shed’s role is to help raise the aspirations of young people in the area and connect them with pathways to quality employment and by hosting Boomsatsuma, we hope we can amplify the great work they are doing in this area.”
Mark Curtis, Creative Director and co-founder of Boomsatsuma, concluded “We are driven by the need to extend opportunities for young people in Bristol, one size fits all has never been appropriate in education, this is a working environment that gives our learners the respect and responsibility of working in the real world to achieve their goals.” If this is a sentiment that resonates with you then check out the website and get involved.
Boomsatsumas developmental ethos extends to their graduate creative services team, if you are looking for a film to share your story, help on a website or graphic design project give them a call.
Former boomsatsuma student Charlie Williams, said “I didn’t think that someone with an accent like mine coming from Withywood could ever get to work in television, it was boomsatsuma that made me realise that the barriers aren’t always where we imagine them to be. The space at Engine Shed is just amazing and I can’t wait to see what comes out of there. I wouldn’t have achieved what I have without the creative force that is boomsatsuma.” Charlie is now in London, working in post production for shows such as Grand Designs , The Voice, Tattoo Fixers and Geordie Shore.
Engine Shed's mission is to stimulate long term economic growth - which it does by supporting activities that help overcome barriers or create new activity. One of three identified areas to help ensure sustainable growth over the next 10-15 years is helping to ensure a diverse workforce is skilled and motivated to fill the jobs requirement of those clusters. The Bristol & Bath area has a fantastically diverse pool of young people who we must include in the growth of the city region because we need them.