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Success for The Factory in Skills & Opportunities fund

We are delighted to announce that Knowle West Media Centre has been awarded a share of NatWest’s £2.5 million Skills and Opportunities Fund.

We have been awarded £23,965 to provide workshops at our training and making space KWMC The Factory. These workshops will support 120 people, particularly those currently under-represented in enterprise, to develop the skills and knowledge to thrive in the manufacturing and making industries.

KWMC is one of three organisations selected in the South West, alongside I Can Do That CIC in Torquay and West Devon Business Information Point in Okehampton. The Skills & Opportunities Fund ‘supports organisations in disadvantaged communities that help people develop, create, or access the skills and opportunities they need to get into work or start a business.’ Charities, not-for-profit organisations and state-funded schools and colleges can apply for up to £35,000 each for a specific project from the fund.

Oliver Watts, Chairman of NatWest’s South West and Wales Regional Board, said: “It was a challenging decision because of the standard of entries we received. But the panel felt that all of the organisations would make a massive impact in their local communities.”

We know that satisfaction with local jobs is very low in our area – around 12% in the latest neighbourhood statistical report – and this funding will enable us to support more people to explore the possibilities of self-employment. Over the next few months we’ll be delivering a range of skills development workshops in digital fabrication, prototyping and product design, and we’re looking forward to supporting more local people, from all backgrounds, to make it in business.

A huge thank you to everyone who voted for KWMC in the public vote and helped to spread the word about our programme.  Watch this space for more information…

If you’d like to register your interest in the ‘Making it in Business’ workshops please contact Justin Ricks on 0117 903 0444 or justin.ricks@kwmc.org.uk

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Cast your vote and help South Bristol ‘make it in business’

Our digital manufacturing space, KWMC The Factory, has been shortlisted for the RBS Skills & Opportunities Fund, for a new programme that will support people to explore entrepreneurship and make their business dreams a reality.

You could help us make it happen by casting your vote: find out more about our proposal here and vote online here.

The Factory is KWMC’s making and training space: we create digitally manufactured products and provide opportunities for everyone to “make it” by opening up access to tools and technologies including a CNC router and laser cutter.

Our ‘Making it in business’ workshops will support people to develop the knowledge, skills and experience to thrive in the manufacturing and making industries and consider setting up their own businesses. We aim to work with 120 participants from South Bristol, especially those currently under-represented in enterprise including young people, women and Knowle West residents.

We’re planning to deliver a range of skills development workshops in digital fabrication, prototyping, product design, market research and costing. Those who want to develop their idea into a business will be supported to understand the next steps and participants can continue using The Factory’s facilities after the programme.

We know that satisfaction with local jobs is very low in our area at just 12% (Filwood ward, Quality of Life survey by Bristol City Council 2013) – and with just three clicks you can help us support more people to make it in business!

Voting closes at midday on Friday 22nd April. Cast your vote at: http://skillsandopportunitiesfund.rbs.co.uk/vote/vote-in-south-west-and-wales.html

Photo: Photography © Max McClure

Sophie’s Journey

sophiedoodle“As KWMC’s Music Development Assistant I helped renovate the music studio, created a membership scheme, supported sessions like Creative Hub and XLR, worked in schools and developed graphic design resources including info-graphics about our data.

Through this role I have developed and improved skills in:
• Setting up and using a music studio
• Using Logic
• Working as a sound engineer
• Working as a graphic designer
• Facilitating workshops with young people

I have also learned how to interact with young people; before my internship
I wouldn’t have felt so confident in interacting with them, but now I know that I am able to support them if they need me. In the schools work, initially I felt out of my depth, but in one session I led an activity which made me realise that I can do it and so I now feel much more confident.

That’s a big thing that I’ve gained here is a lot of confidence in myself whereas before I didn’t really have any.

There’s big support here that’s really important: it’s like the Media Centre has become my extended family and I think that if I hadn’t had as much support as I’ve had I don’t think I would now have as much confidence in myself to do well now or in the future.”

Sophie Hosken-Taylor was KWMC’s Music Development Intern from the summer of 2014 until January 2015.

What we’re dreaming of in 2015

Bristol Maker Lab is one of the big ideas dreamed up in our Do What You Love programme – we hope it will be a place for everyone to make their own products and become entrepreneurs. Bristol Maker Lab will have the very latest equipment, like 3D printers and laser cutters, with experts on hand to show people how to use them. It will be open to the public so that people can start designing and making things to sell. There’ll be a programme of classes about how to make great things using the equipment – anything from jewellery to robots to spare parts for washing machines. We’ve made a lovely brochure explaining how it will all work, which you can download here: Bristol Maker Lab For more details contact Hazel or Justin.

 

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Filwood Opportunities Fayre

Are you recruiting for a skills course or hiring in early 2014?
Is your organisation on the look out for volunteers?
Do you want to raise awareness of your advice or education services South Bristol?

A group of organisations, including KWMC, are collaborating to organise an Opportunities Fayre in Knowle West / Filwood in January 2014. We’d like to invite employers, training providers, voluntary organisations and advice agencies to get involved.

Filwood Opportunities Fayre

Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th January 2014
10am – 3pm (Wednesday and Friday), 10am – 6pm (Thursday)
Filwood Community Centre, Barnstaple Road, BS4 1JP

The Fayre will provide Knowle West residents who aren’t in education, training or employment with information, taster activities and signposting to opportunities within their community and the surrounding area. The aim of the event is to encourage them to take the next step in their personal or professional journey.

Space is limited so please send expressions of interest before the end of 2013. The more visual, practical and interactive you can make your stall the better!

Employers interested in participating in the Fayre should contact Iris Eiting at re:work: iris@reworkltd.org.uk
Training providers should contact Louise Hunt at The Park: louise.hunt@theparkknowle.org.uk
Organisations seeking volunteers should contact Sue Mackinnon here at Knowle West Media Centre: sue@kwmc.org.uk

Please direct any other queries to Anita Pearce (0117 908 4248) or Rachel Clarke (0117 353 4609).

Filwood Opportunties Fayre

Contact Us

Knowle West Media Centre
Leinster Avenue
Knowle West
Bristol
BS4 1NL
+44 (0) 117 903 0444
enquiries@kwmc.org.uk

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