MORE than 50 businesses have pledged support for a new school in Huddersfield combining academic studies with business skills.
The new £3.8m Creative and Media Studio School, based at Rawthorpe’s Netherhall Learning Campus, is one of only two pilot models in the UK.
The studio school takes a new approach to helping students get into employment by engaging creative, media and digital businesses.
Organisers of the studio school were at the Kirklees Business Conference to introduce the concept to delegates – and invited firms to sign a pledge board – and signal their support for the initiative.
More than 90 delegates visited the studio school stand at the Galpharm Stadium event with more than 50 signing the board.
An “Open for Business” event followed with eight businesses attending the Creative and Media Studio School to find out more about the project, which will equip young people with the skills and experiences needed to succeed in the world of work by giving them real-life projects on which to work..
Joan Young, principal at Netherhall Learning Campus, said: “The launch has been a success with the studio school receiving interest and support.
“But this is just the beginning and more creative, media and digital businesses are needed to get involved to really help shape the studio school’s future success. By doing so they can support the aspirations of our young people and help grow local creative talent for their businesses.”
A project team made up of key regional educational and business partners has been working on getting the studio school off the ground.
Now businesses in design, advertising, software and computer services, interactive leisure software, TV and radio, film, video and photography, printing and publishing, fashion design, performing arts and crafts are all needed to engage with students to help make it a success.
Said Joan: “By getting involved, businesses can help shape the Studio School building, which is due to open in September, 2012, creating an environment where young people learn about the real world of work and become more ‘work ready’.
“There are also business benefits for businesses to get involved as they will become part of a broader creative media business network, enjoying more business-to-business opportunities and increased collaboration.”