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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

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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