Boomsatsuma is 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.
Their first taster session, held last week, saw a group of women from all over Bristol develop skills and understanding of the creative and digital industries. After discussing their experiences and aims, the group explored job roles, skills and pathways before experimenting with various online tools and platforms that can be useful when starting out in the industry. The group then researched the use of graphic design and photography in branding and marketing before using Digital SLR cameras to take photos to achieve various effects. The budding creatives then edited the photos using Adobe Creative Suite software and discussed how and why they were effective.
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 feedback from the group was fantastic with many requesting to join the eight-week course. One participant said: “I was very nervous as I feel very overwhelmed by the digital and creative industries and I am a super beginner. But the taster session was honestly incredible and very welcoming. I definitely feel inspired and confident to keep learning more.”
West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “I’m very pleased that the West of England Combined Authority is working with boomsatsuma to help even more people in this way. 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.
“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.”
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 who 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.
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.”
The next Creative and Digital taster session is on the 17 September with the Games Design taster taking place on 26 September.
For more information or to sign up go to www.boomsatsuma.com/women-in-digital