Fraser House, Innovate Lancashire’s tech hub in Lancaster, recently hosted a delegation of Year 9 students from Garstang Community Academy School.

Over two days, the cohort of young people from visited the co-working space to meet with tech entrepreneurs and ask them about their personal business journeys.  They also got to discover more about how early-stage companies can benefit from being part of a multi-disciplinary business community housed within a dynamic and collaborative environment like Fraser House.

Another aspect of the trip saw the students tasked with presenting their own slide-decks back to some of the businesses they had met which captured details of what they had learned about running a digital business during their visit.

Paula Askew, Garstang Community Academy careers adviser, said: “It was amazing to see our pupils grow in confidence over the two days. Every student stood up and presented at the end of the project and although many found this a scary prospect, they all did themselves very proud. This opportunity has undoubtedly raised their awareness of careers within the digital sector whilst developing some key employability skills.”

Tina Milner, of Inspira, an employability charity that helps more than 21,000 people from Cumbria and Lancashire a year, said: “It was great to see Garstang Academy’s Year 9 pupils embrace the opportunity to engage with the different businesses during the digital workplace experience.

“Gaining an insight into the diversity of careers in this sector equips them with a better understanding of the routes open to them should they choose to pursue a digital or tech related career.”

Lifting the lid on just what’s on offer in the growing digital and tech sector in Lancashire, Garstang Community Academy School’s visit took place thanks to the Lancashire Careers Hub, which support secondary schools and colleges to develop inspirational careers provision.

Providing vital labour market insights and linking businesses with young people, the Lancashire Careers Hub is funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company, Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Council, Blackburn with Darwen Council and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, and is delivered by employability charity Inspira.

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