Film-making to learn about employability and collaboration

Inspiring creative thinking

Between April and July 2015, students at RSA Academy in Tipton worked with RSA Fellow, Nigel Barton and his team from Wyrd on a creative employability project.

Wyrd aims to support young people into the ‘world of work’ and improve employability skills. The team developed a programme they piloted with ten academies across the country inviting students to enter a film-making competition. The students had to work in teams, collaborate with each other to decide on the content their film was going to use. The students had to produce a film exploring key employability skills such as resilience, knowledge networking, business etiquette, interviewing and how to use Linked-In. Supporting organisations included Pret A Manger, Boden and Google.

At the RSA Academy in Tipton, a group of Year 12s took part. One of the videos produced the students in the category of ‘resilience’ made it through to the grand final of the competition, the team were invited to the Google Campus offices in London. Tim Campbell, winner of BBC’s The Apprentice spoke about the importance of building good networks for the future, and entrepreneur Ross Bailey inspired them by sharing his story about his multi million pound short term retail space business.

It was a proud moment when the RSA Academy team were announced winners of the resilience category and received £100 each!  Here is their wonderful winning video:


Arvind Batra, Community Development Co-ordinator at RSA Academy, Tipton said: “We would like to thank the Wyrd Team and everyone involved in setting up the competition and event.  It was a truly inspiring experience and will genuinely help the students to become more employable and ready to work.

The Wryd team helped the students to develop their creative skills through using film-making software, and as well as learning about the core employability skills students learnt the following transferable skills through the process:

  • Critical thinking
  • Project management
  • Team work
  • Communication (oral, written and visual)
  • Filmmaking
  • Safe and responsible use of mobile technologies

Wyrd have also been learning through the pilot, and the evaluation showed encouraging results:

  • 80% said they’d enjoy using Wyrd.
  • 99% said it had given them a better understanding of the world of work
  • 84% said video-making had been a good tool for learning.
  • 74% said they’d enjoyed the video-making competition
  • 55% said they’d recommend it to others.
  • 72% said they would you like to do more Wyrd modules

With those sort of responses, what’s next for Wyrd?  Nigel Barton says: “We’ve decided we now want to go full steam ahead and launch this into many more schools in 2016. We have ambitious plans for Wyrd. There are some great tools out there for students to use, and we want Wyrd to be just one of those tools.”

Many congratulations to the winning students at RSA Academy:

Hannah Pimanava, Dale Holt, Chloe Geddes, Nicole Boden, Julian Ivery and Conor Kirby.

And to the all other students who participated from schools across London and Liverpool . All the short films are well worth a watch.

We are delighted that the RSA Academy in Tipton will be working with Wyrd again in the next stage development of their exciting employability skills programme. Watch this space!

Schools involved:

RSA Academy

Project details:

Date Started 01 April 2015
Date Finished 13 July 2015
Project Funder Wyrd