September 15, 2016

DigiFutures – Vocational Training

Digital Manufacturing

The Blair Project is a specialist providers of alternative technical & vocational education to equip at risk young people aged 14+ with the technical & vocational skills, confidence and capabilities to secure employment opportunities linked to the digital and technology sectors. We use a powerful combination of Motorsport STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Maths) ad digital technologies to excite and enthuse disadvantaged young people to want to learn. And we also run weekly community karting sessions at Three Sisters Racing Circuit where we restore, prep and test used karts, and give young people the opportunity to race them.

We focus on working with young people with special educational needs, high achievers who’ve become disaffected with traditional education, children in care, or preNEETs (Not In Education Employment or Training). Our hands on learning approach equips them with the practical skills that employers both want and need – as well as boosting their problem solving, communication, and team working skills.

Our new DigiFutures Vocational Training Centre opened this September at Central Park, Montrose Avenue  Wigan WN5 9XL. This new community facility will enable us to extend our digital skills training and MakerShed provision to the families of these young people and those furthest from the labour market to improve skills training, employability and create pathways into work or self-employment.

Part funded by Wigan Council, DigiFutures is designed to help learners of all abilities and ages to gain the skills they need to work in a variety of digital sector roles such as cyber security, computer aided design (CAD), rapid prototyping & manufacture using 3D printers (CAM), learning analytics, data analytics& management, web & app development, digital marketing & e-commerce as well as employability skills.

The DigiFutures facility also houses a new community maker space called MakerShed focusing on experimentation with wood, metal, textiles and digital manufacturing production. It will give ordinary people the opportunity to tinker, learn and experiment with making things, incubate new ideas and prototype new creative products and services. The project will engage with at least 2000 young people and their families over a three-year period.

DigiFutures will also connect communities with cutting edge tech firms and academia to create a lifelong learning & development ecosytem where individuals of all abilities can experiment, learn, and gain practical work experience and placements to develop the skills that industry desperately wants and needs.

DigiFutures is also trailblazing a number of new industry-led vocational qualifications for new and emerging technologies like additive manufacturing to provide progression routes into traineeships, apprenticeships and further & higher education.

Please contact us for further information. info@theblairproject.org