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From blueprint to reality: A glimpse into Design and Manufacturing careers

Two Open Palm young people

We were thrilled to continue our partnership with Steelcase, a global leader in office furniture, interior architecture and space solutions to hold another Career Insight Day for our young people.

It provided a unique opportunity for those keen on exploring the creative industries, engineering, architecture, or psychology to witness firsthand how these disciplines are employed in professional settings.

Held in Steelcase's stylish London office, students learnt the psychology behind designing enticing spaces. They also discovered how they are are expertly curated to meet a client need and make the workplace enjoyable.

Getting stuck in

Students got involved in a practical design activity, enabling them to apply some of the concepts they'd learnt to create functional and beautiful workspaces. They were also able to present their concepts to leading Steelcase designers.

They were given a chance to speak directly with a Director in Design as she shared her career journey and gave them practical tips to excel in the industry. Further contributions were given from another speaker representing the manufacturing process lead by Orangebox, another brand in the Steelcase portfolio.

Developing the skills of tomorrow

As part of the day, presenters explained the variety of career pathways and diverse skills required in the industry. Students were encouraged to learn that there's not one route into the industry and it's possible to study a wide range of subjects. They also discovered that career journeys are rarely linear and it's OK to try different roles and move around the industry.

The speakers shared the skills that are needed for success in the coming years. Creativity & collaboration was the main message of the day!

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Steelcase London team for their coordination and making the event hugely valuable for the young people involved.

As a youth charity creating an equal start line for young people, we're committed to ensuring that opportunities like these are available regardless of ethnic or social backgrounds.

If you'd like to join our WYZ For Work programme to gain skills for employment and access work experience, you can get started for free here.

If you're an organisation that would like to partner with us to offer work experience opportunities, please email us at


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