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Teachers head out of the classroom to explore opportunities in Leicestershire’s creative and digital sector

Teachers head out of the classroom to explore opportunities in Leicestershire’s creative and digital sector

Career opportunities in the creative and digital industries were highlighted at hands-on workshops and meet the sector events organised by the Leicester and Leicestershire Careers Hub. 

Around 40 teachers and industry professionals left the classroom to get creative and spent the day at either De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) or the LCB Depot learning about pathways into creative and digital careers.

At DMU they were given the chance to test out Leicester Media School’s state of the art media production facility including getting hands-on experience in a TV recording and editing facility. The group also spent time at LCB Depot including a ‘meet the sector’ session and a workshop led by Rock Kitchen Harris, a city-based digital marketing agency. 

Gerarde Manley, Leicester and Leicestershire’s Careers Hub’s Strategic Lead, added:

“The event offered teachers the chance to get together and hear from professionals about the opportunities available in our creative and digital sector and careers pathways available including apprenticeships and T Levels.

“Through workshops and practical sessions, we were able to show those who came along just how varied the creative and digital sector is which will hopefully encourage them to suggest the industry to the young people they work with and take the learning back into the classroom to inspire young minds.”

Representatives from more than 15 local creative and digital companies spent the day working with teachers and teaching assistants.

Attendees were also invited to speed network and offered materials to highlight  creative and digital careers in their lessons.

Ravneet Dibra, Design Technology teacher from Judgemeadow Community College said:

“I went straight from university into teaching and so didn't have the industry experience to share with my students.  

“Events like this will help me and my teaching colleagues to understand creative industries better and then share this with the young people we teach.”

Dominic Palmer, Associate Director at Rock Kitchen Harris, added:

“We were really proud to be able to support the Leicester and Leicestershire Careers Hub with this event.  The creative sector is thriving in Leicester, so it's really important that teachers are aware of the work we do and the job roles the industry supports.  

“This means they are more empowered to signpost students towards creative careers.”

The event was the latest in a series of Teacher Encounter Days that make up part of the We Discover programme funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company. 


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