Fuelling Ambitions Creatively Together, or FACT as it is shortened down to, is a transformation project to develop and raise aspirations for young people in Salford.
Some of the young people involved in the FACT project attended The Innovation FACTor event at Salford Royal Hospital.
This saw teams pitch their solutions to a panel consisting of Health Innovation Manchester, NHS innovation experts Trustech and patient members. The young people showed great confidence when presenting to the panel and gained valuable advice to move their ideas forward from the team of specialists.
In the pilot, 35 young people took part in a hackathon at The Landing at MediaCityUK.
The aim of the hackathon was for young people to develop business ideas to help themselves, their schools and the community they live in. The project engaged them in enterprise and entrepreneurial activities and was supported extensively by the business community, including Barclay’s, Mettler Toledo, Bearded Fellows, Carbon Digital, Crosslane Group, Penelope’s Kitchen, Toasted Productions, the Manchester United Foundation and the University of Salford Business School.
Albion Academy thought that project was great, reporting a significant impact on their students. The students who took part showed improved behaviour, increased confidence and better engagement with the school, as well as developing insight into entrepreneurship and the world of work. They also learned new skills such as how to network and how to pitch their business ideas to get funding from business leaders.
Working with Unlimited Potential, the council is now co-ordinating activity in a much wider project, currently supporting seven schools across Salford to engage with local businesses, other employers and even more partners.
The project aims to test the potential for spread of the FACT approach, which the Chief Executive of Portsmouth Council recently described as a really important piece of work in his feedback from an LGA peer challenge of Salford City Council.
In this way, FACT improves the life opportunities of young people to give them a chance to develop their skills linking to local economic development, whether through employment or entrepreneurship.
The FACT project directly addresses the work-readiness of young people. It draws on their existing talents, builds their resilience and confidence, and open up networks and contacts, especially in the key industries most likely to grow in the future: business, financial and professional skills; digital and creative; logistics and manufacturing; health and social care; hospitality, tourism and sport; and construction.