From September, Boomsatsuma will be delivering a series of taster sessions and eight-week courses that are free to women and girls in Bristol. The aim of the courses is to encourage and inspire women and girls to explore career possibilities in the creative and digital sectors as part of the WIDJET project.
Women into Digital Jobs, Education and Training (WIDJET) is a West of England Combined Authority project, funded by the Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. As delivery partner, boomsatsuma is offering courses in Creative and Digital Media, Games Design, Visual Communication and VFX and Virtual Reality and AR.
The courses, run in the evenings at Engine Shed, are particularly aimed at young females in the Central East areas of Bristol. Although all are welcome to sign up, the project is keen to engage with underrepresented groups, especially young females that aren’t currently in education, employment or training, young mothers and BAME females. To help increase access to the courses, boomsatsuma is also offering a contribution to the cost of child care.
West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “One of my key ambitions is improving job opportunities across the region. I want to ensure that everyone, regardless of background or personal circumstances, can access support to develop workplace skills so that they can fulfil their potential. Therefore I’m very pleased that the West of England Combined Authority is working with boomsatsuma to help even more people in this way.
“Digital and tech is an important part of the West of England’s economy – businesses have a particular need for skilled employees now and this demand is expected to grow in the future. Women are currently under-represented in digital roles and our WIDJET project seeks to tackle this by working with a wide group of women to encourage more representative and inclusive employment in digital roles across the region.”
Boomsatsuma Creative Projects Manager, Lyndsay Davies, said: “Our involvement in this project has allowed us to shape a series of beginners courses that are for women and run by women. We want to be able to offer all participants the opportunity to learn new skills, develop their understanding of the industry, and hear from professionals already nested within it. We recognise that taking new leaps and learning new skills can be daunting so we’re keen to support women and girls to explore new possibilities in a safe, encouraging space.”
For more information or to sign up go to www.boomsatsuma.com/women-in-digital