Mentoring and Creative Careers at Bridge Learning Campus

Yesterday, Bridge Learning Campus saw the return of the Learning Mentor sessions with 30 year 10 students.

Thomas Williams of HMRC and Bethan Hellings, a Senior Interior Designer at Stride Treglown, met with the students to discuss their own careers and pathways and offer advice.


The whole of Year 8 and Year 9 were also greeted by Lyndsay Davies of boomsatsuma. Presenting to the students, Lyndsay gave an insight into her education, career path and the potential of creativity in the workplace.

There are more mentoring sessions and assemblies scheduled in for next week. Watch this space for further news.

Knowle DGE Visits Gloucestershire County Cricket Club

This week, a group of students from Bristol WORKS partner school, Knowle DGE, visited The Brightside Ground in Bristol to learn about the variety of jobs available at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.

The group got a tour of the ground, meeting different employees along the way. The students spoke with the club’s Gym Manager and the Head Chef taking advice on their careers and pathways.

The group also got to see some brilliant views when visiting the top of the Bristol Pavilion and got a rare peak at areas that members of the public rarely get the chance to see – such as the Players Dining Room.

The Knowle DGE students enjoyed the tour and the discussions about many different careers. They even got to see a player in training and asked many questions along the way.


Pete Lamb, who organised the visit from Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, said:

“I would love for the group to come back at some point this summer to see a game of Cricket, and see some of the other jobs in action at the ground.”

A huge thanks to the club for making the trip happen!

Mentoring Continues at Oasis Brightstowe

Bristol WORKS group mentoring sessions have been running at Oasis Academy Brightstowe for six weeks now. With previous mentors from various sectors such as education, music, advertising, HR and sport, Year 11 students have benefited from a wealth of experience and information about their future options.

This week, working with the boys group, it was the turn of Elliot Lamb of boomsatsuma. Elliot’s experience of the creative industries spans filmmaking, web design and event management. Working across all Post-16 courses at boomsatsuma, he is well placed to offer advice and guidance about next steps after GCSEs.

Artleta Andreasik-Paton, a Senior Project Manager at AECOM, spoke to the girls group about construction, stereotypes, and the range of job roles available to women in the industry. She was even able to let the group in on some of the exciting projects she is a part of.

With both groups getting so much out of the sessions, Bristol WORKS is collaborating with Oasis Brightstowe to extend the six week programme.

Watch this space to find out more.

Children in Care Covenant offer

A call out to share with all networks!

The Care Leavers Covenant is a promise made by the private, public and voluntary sectors to provide support for care leavers aged 16-25 to help them to live independently. You can find out more here.

The Covenant is a way of requesting that businesses and people pledge their support for young people who are leaving care. There are a range of requests being asked and you can pledge at a level that is right for you and your company. The requests range from an offer of access to concessionary sports, cultural or leisure activities, specific support with financial guidance, mentoring, work shadowing or work experience placements.

With over 70,000 young people in care in England there is a need for a new approach.  Here is some of the known statistical data about this children in care:

  1. In general about 38% of children in care have more than one placement during a year, while 11% had three or more placements

  2. In 2016, 14% of children in care achieved 5 or more GCSEs graded (A*- C), compared to 58% of children not in care

  3. That same year, 40% of all care leavers, of 19, 20 and 21 years of age, were not in employment, education or training compared to 14% of their peers who weren’t in care

  4. The percentage of children in care gaining entry to University in 2016 was 7%, compared to the University entry of around 40% of their peer group. This figure has not improved since 2006.

  5. 20% of young homeless people have previously been in care

  6. Children in care are four times more likely to have a mental health difficulty, which in many cases is attributed to isolation and loneliness.

If you feel that you can offer some support of young people then start the signup process here

Please take the time to consider if you can make a small offer that will make a big difference to a young person.

South Bristol Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair

Bristol City Council are holding their annual Jobs Fair at Hengrove College on Thursday 28 Feb between 11 and 3pm  Having joined together with Karin Smyth MP this year, they’re expecting to have even more employers attending with a greater emphasis on apprenticeships, too.  The event coincides with Hengrove College’s student recruitment event so attendance will be greater than usual with parents invited, as well.

With Karin Smyth MP planning to attend, the event is set to be a real success! Find out more information below.

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On Site Bristol Visits Knowle DGE for Practical Taster Sessions

This week, On Site Bristol visited Knowle DGE to offer an overview of the construction industry, exploration of apprenticeship possibilities, how to search for employers and how to apply to On Site Bristol.

As well as offering these insights to the students, Louise Weller from On Site Bristol, then engaged students in a range of practical activities. Working in groups, they built doors, a plumbing water system and took part in a construction myth buster activity.


The Myth Buster activity encouraged the students to generate discussion and to challenge the stereotypes and perceptions associated with the construction sector. This activity also served to raise awareness of the construction process, the process of project planning, and timescales involved.

A big thanks to On Site Bristol for a thoroughly enjoyed activity.

Mentoring Continues at Bristol WORKS Partner Schools

Group mentoring has continued at both Oasis Academy Brightstowe and Bridge Learning Campus this week.

This week saw volunteer mentors, Polly Wardle, from Bristol City Community Trust, and Mark Curtis from boomsatsuma education visit groups at Oasis Brightstowe. With sessions focusing on advertising and the creative industries, and sports and education, both mentors shared their experiences and offered students the opportunity to ask questions. Polly Wardle even brought along lego and asked the students to build something that related to their futures.

Bridge Learning Campus students were visited by Dan Lacey of Extract Coffee Roasters and Sharon Edwards from Empire Fighting Chance to share their experiences of hospitality and education and sport.

With several sessions yet to be delivered, Year 10 and 11 students have lots more in store.


Career Coach Celebration Welcomes New Coaches for its Second Year

Last night, at City Hall, Career Coach welcomed a new batch of potential coaches to the programme.

Career Coach is a five year coaching programme for children in care - a collaboration between the Cabot Learning Federation, Hope Virtual School and Bristol WORKS. The programme matches volunteer coaches with young people, aged 13 or 14 and looked after by the Local Authority, with inspirational local professionals, based on their interests and preferred ways of learning.

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The programme was piloted last year working with students from Bristol WORKS partner schools, Ashton Park, Orchard School Bristol, City Academy and Merchant’s Academy. The programme also worked with Bristol Metropolitan Academy, the school where Tim Holmes, Career Coach Lead, works as Careers Advisor.

This year, Career Coach will be matching volunteer professionals with a further 15 young people across new schools including Oasis Academy Brightstowe, Knowle DGE, Bridge Learning Campus and Bristol Brunel Academy.

The coaching programme aims to offer some of Bristol’s most vulnerable young people access to knowledge, networks, and support that they might otherwise miss out on. With so many new coaches volunteering to be part of the programme, last night’s celebration launch for year two was fantastic, and demonstrated the keen appetite of inspirational volunteers from across the city.

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Representatives from Cabot Learning Federation, Hope Virtual School and The Employment, Skills and Learning Team at Bristol City Council, as well as Cllr Anna Keen, were all present at the launch and thanked volunteers for their commitment to such an important cause.

To find out more about Career Coach visit Bristol WORKS Career Coach page.

Bristol WORKS Kickstarts 2019 with Group Mentoring Programmes and Creative Assemblies

This week saw the start of two group mentoring programmes at partner schools, Oasis Academy Brightstowe and Bridge Learning Campus.

For the next six weeks, volunteer professionals from a range of sectors will be visiting KS4 students during tutor time to offer insights into their career choices and pathways. The programme aims to challenge some preconceived ideas about gender specific roles. Both schools have highlighted the need for more knowledge and understanding of the variety of job opportunities available to young people, regardless of gender.

On Wednesday, Dan Lacey, who leads on Projects and Developments at Extract Coffee Roasters, visited Oasis Academy Brightstowe to speak to a group of Year 11 boys about their futures. Sharing his experiences of hospitality and the doors it has opened for him, the students also had an opportunity to ask questions and learn about pathways. Lyndsay Davies, Creative Projects Manager, at boomsatsuma ran the same session with the girls offering up her experiences of TV Production and Engagement.


Lyndsay also visited Bridge Learning Campus on Thursday accompanied by Elliot Lamb, also of boomsatsuma. Both mentors offered interesting insights into the creative sector and possible ways to access some of the diverse roles available.

The programme is set to continue next week with a different set of volunteer professionals from sport and youth engagement.

Thursday also saw Juliette Russell, a freelance Editor and Producer, visit Oasis Brightstowe to present to Year 8 about the creative sector. With GCSE option choices coming up in March, the assembly aimed to offer better understanding of the opportunities available in Bristol and variety of roles and experiences open to young creatives.

With these assemblies set to continue at both schools, there’s much more in store!


Bristol WORKS Christmas Round Up

As 2018 comes to a close, Bristol WORKS has much to celebrate.

With activity underway or planned at all Bristol WORKS partner schools, Oasis Academy Brightstowe, Bridge Learning Campus and Knowle DGE, the experience of work activity has got off to a great start.

A budding team of journalists and designers have been working on a new school newsletter at Oasis Brightstowe. Meeting weekly with boomsatsuma Media Production students, with input and feedback from a different employer each term, the team are designing and creating a new school publication.

To further encourage creativity at the school, Bristol WORKS has also facilitated employer visits that see creative professional volunteers visit the school and talk to Key Stage 3 students about links between creative subjects and jobs in the creative sector. The performing arts department also had a visit from a theatre specialist from boomsatsuma, running a workshop and teaching them about careers in performing arts.

Earlier this term, Knowle DGE students visited the site of ‘The Wave’ with Alun Griffiths to learn about careers in construction, and in the new year Alun Griffiths will be taking their ‘Bridge to Schools’ activity to Knowle DGE to further develop their understanding of construction and careers.

These taster sessions are set to continue with the ‘On Site’ team offering taster sessions in plumbing and carpentry as well as information and guidance about apprenticeships. Ebbie’s Kitchen will also be visiting Knowle DGE to support their catering students to learn about hospitality with a follow up from Bristol Hotel.

January will also see the start of group mentoring at Oasis Brightstowe and Bridge Learning Campus, where volunteers from non-traditional roles will visit groups of high ability students and discuss their careers and pathways in the hope that it will offer a better understanding of their future choices.

With much more Bristol WORKS activity to come, 2019 is set to be a great year!

Oasis Brightstowe Young News Team

As part of Bristol WORKS activity at Oasis Academy Brightstowe, boomsatsuma is supporting a team of budding young reporters and designers to take ownership of their school newsletter.

The team of Year 8s have been meeting weekly with boomsatsuma students to plan, design and create their termly school newsletter, with an emphasis on creating a student identity. With support from a member of staff and the the post-16 Media Production students from boom, the Year 8s are using photoshop to build a publication that highlights the good news in the school and alerts students, parents, carers, and the local community, to upcoming events.


The students will work in this team across the year, building a newsletter at Christmas, Easter and at the end of the Summer term. Embedded into the activity is a visit from a volunteer professional who will feedback to students on their design, offering advice and guidance whilst discussing their role and how they got there.

With the first letter due to go to print in two weeks, it’s an exciting time for the team!

Bristol WORKS and boomsatsuma's 'Ask Me Anything' Event as part of Digital Cities 2018

This week, Engine Shed played host to a speed networking event for 14-18 year olds interested in finding out more about the creative and digital sector.

Digital Cities 2018 is a week-long programme of free, inspirational learning and networking opportunities aimed at developing the skills of both the current and next generation of content makers working in the creative industries. With a big push around new talent for 2018, boomsatsuma and Bristol WORKS teamed up to create a bespoke event aimed purely at young people under 18.


Hoping to inspire and inform the next creative workforce, the speed networking event saw 70 young people move around the space engaging with 16 different volunteer professionals from across the the sector. The volunteers informed the small groups about who they are, what they do and how they got there. Showcasing examples of their work and the technologies they use, the young people were then able to ask questions and seek opportunities to engage further.

Bristol 24/7, This is Now Agency, Icon Films, UWE VR, BBC Natural History, Calling the Shots, Rumpus Animation, One Big Circle, Crack Magazine, Halo, Zubr, Greymatter Sounds, BBC Post Production and BBC Academy all generously offered their time. We also had several freelancers in attendance: DOP, Bash Malik, Drone Pilot, James Johnston and Producer, Editor and Director, Juliette Russell. With the breadth of volunteers, the event was able to offer networking opportunities across Film and TV, Music, Games, VR, Animation, Journalism and Design.

With young people coming from all over the region, the evening was a great success!


Ashton Park Careers Fair 2019

Ashton Park School, in conjunction with Bristol City Community Trust, will be holding their annual Careers Fair on Monday 21 January 2019, from 1pm until 7pm.

The careers fair has grown enormously in size over the last few years with over 80 exhibitors in attendance last year. There was a cross section of industry, HE and FE organisations, apprenticeship providers, individual companies and the uniformed services. Companies and organisations are already enquiring about 2019’s event and to meet the demand, Ashton Park School have been fortunate to engage the help of Bristol City Community Trust and have secured a new venue which will be able to accommodate this. Excitingly, It is to be held in The Lansdown Suite at Ashton Gate Stadium.

The event is aimed primarily at Years 9 to 13 (13-19 year olds) and coincides with Year 9 GCSE Options in many schools. This is a key time for students as they make choices about their futures. However, as all students in KS4 and 5 are making decisions about their education, access to such a wide variety of organisations is invaluable, offering excellent insights into various career pathways. For this reason, Ashton Park have extended the event from 1pm until 7pm which includes part of the school day, allowing other schools to attend with students, reaching in excess of 1000+ attendees.

To enable Ashton Park to successfully deliver the event, they are asking exhibitors for a fee of £75, payable in advance, this includes refreshments.

If you are interested in having a stand, or require further information, please contact Kathy Jemmott on:

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Tel - 0117 3772843 (direct)

Creativity and Construction with Bristol WORKS Partner Schools

This week has seen lots of activity start to take shape at Bristol WORKS partner schools, Oasis Academy Brightstowe and Knowle DGE.

Starting the week with a crack team of budding creatives, Oasis Academy Brightstowe, began to create their own student-led newsletter. Working with post-16 media students from boomsatsuma, the team are designing and making their own school publication with a focus on creating something that has a student identity. Over the course of the year, students will produce three newsletters brimming with events, sporting achievements and notices; there may even be a few creative pieces of their own. Once the first draft of each newsletter is ready, an industry volunteer will visit the school, offering feedback and ideas whilst talking to them about their role, pathways and workplace.

Later in the week, Oasis also had a visit from Creative Projects Manager, Lyndsay Davies. Working with teachers in Performing Arts and Music, Bristol WORKS is offering insights for year 8 students into creative roles. The visit informed students about the benefits of creative subjects in schools, demonstrating transferable skills and potential pathways in the future.

In addition to this, students from Knowle DGE visited the site of ‘The Wave’ in North Bristol on Thursday, learning about construction and civil engineering with Alun Griffiths. After a rigorous introduction to health and safety on site, two groups of students took tours in Land Rovers with the Site Agent. Experiencing all the large earth moving vehicles first hand, they discovered the kind of work that is needed to prepare the area for the build.

The students also got to meet other staff in the site office, including a Junior Engineer who explained what a civil engineer does, and the various other roles required on site to complete a project like ‘The Wave’. He also demonstrated some of the high-tech tools used such as Laser and GPS Technology.

After all this action, the group then had lunch, tea and biscuits in the canteen where they had more opportunity to ask more questions. With goody bags of information about Go Construct and the Institute of Civil Engineers, Knowle DGE students left the site smiling!

If you’re an employer interested in working with Bristol schools, get in touch.


Bristol WORKS and boomsatsuma host 'Ask Me Anything' Event

This November sees the return of Digital Cities Bristol, a week long event that aims to boost digital skills with free training and events taking place all over the city.

Running from 26 to 30 November, the week will offer all involved exciting insights into digital practices. Each day will see an array of engaging activities, from open doors events, to live coding workshops, to VR seminars to hakathons. There is something for anyone interested in the digital, high-tech or creative sectors.

On 27 November, Bristol WORKS has teamed up with boomsatsuma to run a speed networking session - ‘Ask Me Anything’. The event will see young people, aged 14 - 18, carousel between volunteer professionals from music, film and TV, games and VR and journalism and design representatives. They will learn about their industry and ask questions.

It’s a brilliant opportunity for young people to meet, network with and ask questions to professionals in the creative sector. The networking will mean that young people will meet a range of creatives in a range of professional roles, each offering unique insights into their fields.

To book a place click here.

Apprenticeships You're Hired Event at The Galleries, Bristol

Last week, the Apprenticeships You’re Hired job fair took place at the Galleries shopping centre in Broadmead. The event aimed to demonstrate the benefits of apprenticeships, encouraging people to understand that anyone can apply for an apprenticeship. They’re available across a wide range of different industries from law and finance to education, marketing or IT. In some sectors an apprenticeship can also earn people a qualification up to the equivalent of a Master’s degree.


The collaboration between Bristol City Council, the National Apprenticeship Service and other local partners, including the support of The West of England Combined Authority (WECA), saw over 300 people from a diverse range of backgrounds attend the job fair and interact with employers and training providers who had live vacancies.

The fair was part of a programme of events aiming to raise the profile of apprenticeships with a particular focus on under-represented groups.

With employers including Costa Coffee, EDF Energy and St Monica’s Trust, the event was great success. Bristol WORKS partners, Ujima Radio, even covered the event on their station!


If you’d like more information on apprenticeships, including help with how to find a job and real-life stories, you can find it here.

Experience of Work Update from Pledge Partner Bristol 24/7

It’s been a busy year for Bristol24/7, with more work experience placements taken up than ever and several exciting projects planned or currently running around the city, working with young people from a variety of backgrounds.

The summer of 2018 was packed with students taking advantage of the Bristol24/7 work experience programme, with up to three young people working with the editorial team each week. Content creators from Rife Magazine came in to do a week of work experience towards the end of their internship to learn the ropes at another publication, and students from both local universities and others including Oxford cut their teeth on stories gathered from around the city, plenty of which were published in the print magazine.

In addition, a successful partnership with the Erasmus Programme saw the partnerships team joined by Julie Berger from Switzerland, who was studying social media and marketing. The editorial team are currently working with Nathalie Schenck, a media student from the Netherlands, who is focusing on photography and video, with exciting ideas in the pipeline including filming an upcoming rave in the crypt of St John in the Wall church on Broad Street.

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The editorial team also advertised for their first ever full-time paid summer intern to work solely on the annual Student Guide, funded through a partnership with UWE Bristol. After a round of applications and interviews with shortlisted candidates, Louise Knight was offered the role and excelled in putting together the biggest and best ever guide, which has been distributed to thousands of students at both of Bristol’s universities.

Placements are filling up fast for next summer with Year 10 students from Backwell School, Fairfield High School and St Katherine’s already booked in for their first taste of professional journalism.

In June 2018, Bristol24/7 were honoured to be named amongst the winners at the 2018 Bristol Employment, Skills and Learning Awards, held at City Hall. The nomination came from Bristol WORKS, part of Bristol Learning City Partnership, for an employer partner award on the strength of the work experience programme and social impact projects.

The Bristol24/7 social impact programme has undergone major improvements this year, relaunching in September as Better Bristol and encouraging consultation from across the city to identify key areas for focus both editorially and in terms of projects.

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One major success story is the young chefs’ programme in partnership with Square Food Foundation, based at The Park in Knowle West. Now in its second year, this has developed from a training programme to a 12-week course that will earn participants a qualification. Learners are currently five weeks into the course and are spending two days a week learning how to be a chef and one day a week practising their skills in the kitchen at businesses including Bellita, Boston Tea Party and Bravas.

Also currently in the pipeline is a new film project. Bristol24/7 are currently planning a consultation with young people living in local social housing to see what they would like to get out of the project.

To find out more about any of the Better Bristol projects, email Details of Bristol24/7’s award-winning work experience programme can be found at

Apprenticeships You’re Hired Job Fair

An event to showcase the apprenticeship opportunities available with key employers is being held later this month in The Galleries shopping centre in Broadmead.

On 24 October (1 – 5pm) around 40 employers and training providers will come together with the aim of signing up a new wave of apprentices, with over 100 opportunities available in the next few months.

Bristol is one of five cities in England which has been selected to work with the Government to increase diversity in apprenticeships and has teamed up with the National Apprenticeship Service and other local partners to put on the You’re Hired event. The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is also supporting the work.

Anyone can apply for an apprenticeship and they’re available across a wide range of different industries from law and finance to education, marketing or IT. In some sectors an apprenticeship can also earn you a qualification up to the equivalent of a Master’s degree.

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Employers  including Costa Coffee, EDF Energy and St Monica’s Trust, will be on hand at the You’re Hired event to discuss opportunities and how to apply.

Before the main event opens a free, bookable skills workshop will be taking place from 10am-12noon. Held in partnership with the National Careers Service, the Department for Work and Pensions and numerous other local support providers, four workshop sessions will

Before the main event opens a free, bookable skills workshop will be taking place from 10am-12noon. Held in partnership with the National Careers Service, the Department for Work and Pensions and numerous other local support providers, four workshop sessions will cover; how to complete job applications, use the ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ website, build resilience and mock interview practice. There’s space for 100 people on the workshops and attendees will also get a free lunch and access to the jobs fair 30 minutes before it opens to the public. It’s quick and easy to sign up here.

The job fair on the 24 October will be the first in a series of events between now and 2020 which will provide support and opportunities for people interested in apprenticeship.  

The programme is being delivered as part of Bristol WORKS  - a Bristol Learning City Partnership (LCP) project which aims to improve post 16 pathways and career options.  

Bridge Learning Campus Hosts 'Bridging the Gap' Careers Event

With the success of last year’s event, Bristol WORKS partner school, Bridge Learning Campus, are planning their annual Careers Event in November.

400 students, from years 8 to 11, will have the opportunity to browse stalls an hour at a time. With industry professionals from a variety of sectors from across the city, students will be able to pick up information, ask questions and get involved in taster sessions.

As well as organisations holding their own stands to offer advice and guidance, there will also be Activity Zones. The school will be separated into areas that reflect certain careers and sectors. Each zone will offer students the opportunity to take part in activities and tasks that they would encounter in the real world. This interactive element to the careers event will be a fun way for students to learn employability skills and an understanding of job roles.

If you’re an organisation interested in being involved, then get in touch Julie Harris via

Taking place on 22nd November at 8.40am to 1pm, it promises to be a brilliant event for students and employers alike.