Students had three sessions a day with mentors to check in, get feedback and ask questions. Organisations such as Camden Think & Do also helped run workshops. Amy says, “They were absolutely amazing, really good interaction and bringing young people out of their shell.”
Getting started with virtual work experience posed some challenges. Rubina says, “It’s one thing to know how to use digital products, but there’s a whole confidence piece too. A lot of students were very shy, nervous to say something, it took them a while to get used to being on camera. It has made me very conscious of how we do digital skills education.” Also home circumstances can be an issue, as Amy explains, “Some of them are caring for younger siblings, they have lots going on. We wanted to be really mindful of that.”
However, once the students were engaged and trust was built, the ideas started flowing. Rubina says, “I was really inspired by how positive the young people were, and how much they really wanted to do something helpful for their community. It was great to see them actually really advocate for where they live, and really come back with innovative, and very forward-thinking ideas.”
Watch our 21st Century Talent Pledge video to find out more about Camden’s STEAM programme. You can also visit the Camden STEAM website to find out more about the programme, join CPD sessions for schools and read accounts from young people on the programme.
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