All Aboard the Pirate Bus

On Wednesday 7th January, Penrice Academy became the first school in Cornwall to be visited by Pirate FM’s Media Bus, a state-of-the-art training vehicle unique to Cornwall.

The careers event, in partnership with Cornwall Apprenticeships, was designed to encourage Year 10 students to see apprenticeships in a new way.  They discussed the benefits of apprenticeships, what’s available and who can do them. They also received advice on job specific skills and gaining qualifications.

David Parker, Principal at Penrice Academy, believes Cornwall ‘needs more apprenticeships.’ He said: “You are paid to learn. They are the best way to get a job with training and Penrice is working to make sure our students can see the opportunities on offer to them.”

70 students explored the high-tech bus, which enables Pirate to travel around Cornwall for various education and training events. It boasts the latest multimedia technology, including internet, a creative activity area with iPads and its very own professional radio studio and editing suite. On the day, the students also learnt how to build a 20 second radio commercial, working in teams to write, edit and produce a commercial to promote apprenticeships in Cornwall.

Jason Sugden, from Cornwall Apprenticeships, said: “I think Apprenticeships are a great opportunity for young people to get a foot on the careers ladder and to earn whilst they learn.”

Beverley White, Assistant Head of Year 10, said: “This was an amazing opportunity for our Year 10s. They thoroughly enjoyed the day, which we hope will inspire them to make the correct choices for the future. Many thanks to everybody who helped make this possible.”

The completed commercials, recorded using the media facilities on the bus, will go into a draw along with 4 other schools Pirate FM are visiting this month. The best commercial will be recorded professionally at the studios and aired across the county in February.

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