We’re delighted that we’ve been shortlisted for the NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund for the second year running!
Cast your vote for KWMC in the public vote and help more people #MakeItInBristol!
Since receiving funding from the Skills & Opportunities fund last year, we’ve supported over 70 people from South Bristol to develop skills in design and digital manufacturing and we’ve seen two new businesses created. Some of last year’s course participants summarised their experiences:
“We didn’t think we could do this before we started the course.”
“The workshops have given me new skills to put on my CV so in the long run I can get a better job […] As soon as you know how to use that laser cutter there ain’t nothing you can’t make.”
“Really informative and providing me with useful training to apply to my practice.”
This year’s Make It workshops will use a different format to enable us to support more people, in more areas of Bristol. We hope to support 102 people across beginner and intermediate courses: the Beginner courses will cover an introduction to digital manufacturing, practical making skills and using design software, while the Intermediate courses will work with those who are ready to explore enterprise in more detail, including budgeting, costing and creating products, and marketing.
The Make It courses will be delivered both at our digital manufacturing space KWMC: The Factory and in community settings, with a specific focus on neighbourhoods where people need more opportunities to develop skills and explore enterprise. The latest Deprivation in Bristol Report (2015) identifies areas of Bristol where the number of residents affected by employment deprivation is as high as 1 in 4. It also states that ‘South Bristol is particularly affected with extremes of Education, Skills and Training Deprivation’, with some areas having a high proportion of working age adults with no or low qualifications.
You could help us change this and help people #MakeItInBristol by casting your vote for The Factory: find out more about our proposal and vote online here.
A vote for KWMC and KWMC: The Factory is a vote for developing skills, making products and realising dreams!
The Factory is KWMC’s making and training space: as well as providing commissions for clients The Factory provides opportunities for everyone to “make it” by opening up access to new tools, technologies and training.
Image: Stride Treglown