DEVA/hack Partners with the Prince’s Trust as Part of our Commitment to Empowering the Next Generation

At IN4.0 we are passionate about closing the digital skills gap and boosting productivity, be that through up-skilling teams, creating digital champions or helping to deliver IN4.0 ready graduates to the workforce.

It’s the reason why we launched the DEVA/hack (Digital Entrepreneurs and Video Artists) in October 2019.  Aimed at school and college students, DEVA takes a different approach to your standard hack, focusing on video creation, with workshops in developing a personal brand, digital tech, scripting, lighting, sound, editing and production.  All with a strong emphasis on helping young people to develop and articulate their professional career identity.

Get Started with Content Creation

DEVA continues to go from strength to strength and we are delighted to announce that we are now collaborating with the Prince’s Trust to deliver “Get Started with Content Creation”.  The Prince’s Trust is built on the belief that young people should have the chance to embrace exciting opportunities, which perfectly complements our commitment to engaging and empowering the upcoming generation.

This is a partnership we are truly proud of and DEVA will now form part of the Prince’s Trust Get Started programme, ensuring we can reach an even broader and more diverse community.

Virtual Hacking

Our most recent hack was also a little different for another reason: the ever-present Covid-19 meant we had to rethink how to deliver the hack virtually, without compromising on the experience or value to our students.

We might not have been able to physically bring together the 33 students from Salford schools and colleges who took part in June’s hack but that certainly had no impact on the passion and energy we saw from the students.  Tasked with creating a video that captured Covid-19 safety and Greater Manchester’s Build Back Better programme, we were blown away by the creativity of the students and their ability to articulate complex and nuanced messages.

As well as helping students acquire new and valuable skills from the two-week digital programme, DEVA also ensure that students leave not only with new capabilities but with the creativity and soft skills needed to help them succeed in their futures.  The feedback from many of our students identified the mentoring sessions and resilience training as programme highlights.

But don’t just take our word for it, have a watch of our winning videos from Lucy, a year 11 student at the Wellington School Trafford, and Charlotte, a year 12 student at Future Skills in MediaCityUK, Salford:

Here’s what Lucy had to say about her DEVA experience:

Thank you so much for the DEVA/hack opportunity I am so thankful to have been a part of a program that has taught me something new. I am appreciative of the time and effort all the mentors have put into this and I will take lots of positive things away from this experience.”

Our next hack starts in 13th July and we can’t wait to see what our next cohort of students are capable of, as we progress our partnership with the Prince’s Trust.