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1001 Trades Project

1001 Trades Project Overview:

Jobs are changing. The city is changing. Automation is coming. What impact will this change have on young people developing the skills of the future? How will employers adapt?

Birmingham is ‘the city of 1000 trades’, how will we stay ahead?

1001 Trades is a Doink project in partnership with NESTA, GBSLEP and the young people of Birmingham exploring ‘why doesn’t the tech sector attract young people in the city?’. Through conversations, creative data capture and co-designing solutions, 1001 Trades will enable young people to shape the next skills agenda to be delivered by GBSLEP 2019 – 2021.

This has been informed by findings from GBSLEP’s research and recent skills agenda which highlights a gap in young people from the city developing the skills sets needed for a growing tech sector in the city.

Birmingham is home to more start ups than any other city outside of London. HS2 is headquartered here, we have Innovation Birmingham, Silicon Canal, and Channel 4 is moving here (hopefully).

We can see that the economy of the city is changing, and it is imperative to the future success of the local economy and the young people who live here that young people are enfranchised in this change.

This findings of this research project will directly influence the shaping of a skills agenda to be developed and delivered over the next 2 years under the leadership of Sophie Drake – Director of Young People at GBSLEP.

We want to model innovative ways of enabling youth voice to shape policy.

This is not another fruitless consultation process, this is a real chance to engage young people and employers to create real and tangible change in the city.

The project will engage young people 16 – 25, the GBSLEP Directors, and stakeholders from Industry and Education.

It will follow 4 stages:

Download – understand what everyone thinks now

Upload – understanding the wider state of play

Investigate – capturing data in creative ways from young people in the city

Innovate – pulling it together and co-creating solutions

The end research will be made public and we hope to generate a framework for replicating how young people can shape policy.