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Imagineer has also further developed the underpinning programmes of education and training, Transformations 3’ Going Underground’ and 4 ‘Into the Woods’ and The Imagineerium Initiative. Transformations Programme is led by Kathi Leahy Associate Creative Director Imagineer and The Imagineerium Initiative is led by Kathi Leahy & Jo Trowsdale (University of Warwick) who is heading up a team of researchers.

The work is a direct legacy of Godiva Awakes and the creation of Godiva and The Cyclopedia with 17 engineering companies. With a solid funding base achieved by three years from The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The Heart of England Foundation and additional support from Talent Match, Kathi has been able to shape both programmes and create extraordinary, successful and impactful projects. For further information about current projects in development/publications, please visit Projects www.imagineerproductions.co.uk . The support of Warwick University and the work of Jo Trowsdale is enabling the company to research the impact of our work within the Imagineerium to access whether the project produces more confident learners in STEM subjects in primary education. Reports and evaluations with beneficiaries following Transformations 3 and 4 evidence young people gaining in confidence and skills and overcoming barriers to further training and employment. The ability to deliver year- round programmes allows consistency and enables young people to develop and attain their goals. Many of the young people we have worked with have gone on to training and employment in the creative industries. Both current Imagineer apprentices are Transformations graduates. Both programmes are pathways for young people to find a passion in creative engineering/ discover an interest in further training in the creative industries including technology, construction, graphics, and performance. The City currently has a 45% skills gap in creative engineering and both projects have a real significance in terms of the City being able to address this. 60% of the children and young people who take part in these projects are from priority neighbourhoods in the City.

As part of The Imagineerium Initiative Programme Imagineer held its first Inspiring Change Conference which took place at Study Inn Conference Centre in September (part of the Festival of Imagineers). The aim was to share projects promoting The STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, maths) agenda to artists, educationalists and businesses. Included in the programme were case studies from Highly Sprung Performance Company – One Giant Leap; The Imagineerium Initiative, Marvellous Mechanical Machines; Dominic Wilcox The Little Inventors Project; The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The National Picture and included the work of Scarabeus.

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