In August, the University of Portsmouth hosted the launch and success of the PONToon Festival, an event where women aged 18-35 were invited to come along to a series of free workshops with the aim of bettering their digital and personal skills.
This festival was the first of its kind hosted by the PONToon team in our Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. It was led by local small businesses and university staff, topics ranged from photography and cyber security to CV writing and selling online.
Nick Keogh from business support company WSX Enterprise hosted the Start your own business workshop and said “I really enjoyed delivering the workshop. I felt that the learners were engaged and were listening and asking questions.” Similarly, Joni Rhodes, Business Support Officer for Research & Innovation in the CCI Faculty, ran an interactive session on personality profiling for career development and she stated, “all attendees seemed to gain something from it and there was a lot of engagement and discussion.”
The core aim of the PONToon project is to use a co-creation model which responsive and adaptable to meet the needs of different situations. Therefore, throughout the event information and feedback was gathered from participants for use at future events. Many thought that it was a fantastic opportunity and that they were taking some valuable skills away with them.
One participant said “after attending the PONToon Festival I am now more confident and knowledgeable about digital resources and existing tools that I can use to discover my professional self and to shape my (future) career. I had an amazing day, learnt so much and definitely recommend this festival.”
The PONToon project is funded by Interreg and has several partners in France, Cornwall and Devon. If you are interested in finding out more about the project and any similar events coming up please register your interest and take a look at the website www.pontoonproject.eu