Innovative Work Awareness Programme


This innovative online work awareness program offers students the opportunity to work with a range of local business offering an insight into the range of roles and skills needed to deliver against any professional project.

The program provides students with an opportunity to develop and hone a range of skills and explore different interests as it provides exposure to a range of businesses, job roles and skills sets. This will help develop a number of transferable skills, including communication, problem solving, leadership & teamwork as well as the use of online platforms which have become more relevant to the modern way of working.

The program offers students applying the chance to get their ideas heard and visualise how they see the future of their towns and local area.

The sessions will take place via video conferencing so the students never have to leave their homes but will still be able to access an amazing program meeting and working with a wide range of employers and professionals.

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ProjX 2021

The project brief for 2021 will ask the students to focus on the site of the former Opera House in Workington.  Allerdale Borough Council is in the process of acquiring the site and the building will be demolished as it is derelict. This will leave a cleared, vacant plot within the town centre that is available for redevelopment. There are currently no firm plans for its permanent use so temporary options are being considered that can be put in place prior to a redevelopment of the area in future.

Students will be asked to look at potential uses for the site, focusing on a space for new business set up, encouraging entrepreneurship. Being an existing building, the students can research its previous use and focus on the location and size of the site when generating ideas.

The council will potentially use the ideas that are generated in their plans for the site so the students will have the opportunity to help form the business case. 

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Watch the videos below to find out how past students and business volunteers found the programme.

Iona explains what skills and experiences she gained from taking part in Projx 2020
Rachel from Lakes College explains how she got involved in Projx and why you should apply.

Danielle from Jacobs explains how she got involved in Projx and why you should apply.


Read below to find out what the students and businesses took away from taking part in ProjX.

I have really have really enjoyed being able to share my career experience even though it is very short, as this position is my first full time job. I really hope I’ve been able to inspire students like others have done for me through my learning experiences, and I give…read more
Rachel Bass- Lakes College/NcfN
The ProjX programme is a fantastic project for students to help develop some fantastic business ideas as well as understanding all the different considerations to see the idea come to life. It is also brilliant for local businesses to be able to give something back to students by providing specific…read more
Michael Fearon – David Allan Accountants
I love being involved with the ProjX programme as I feel when I was at school, there weren’t as many options and we didn’t get as much information on different career paths and jobs we could go into. I like the fact that I’m helping to give student’s ideas on…read more
Danielle Lithgow – Jacobs
First off, it was amazing that experience was even available in terms of the lockdown, it was also a great opportunity to meet new people outside of your own school and work with new people who you may not necessarily choose to work with previously as you may not know…read more
Eloise- Student
I joined the programme in order to expand my skills in teamwork. Beforehand I always struggled with working with others due to my shy nature. But I believed this programme has helped me in order to improve my teamwork abilities, even over video call. The week involved many presentation with…read more
Madelyn- Student
Didn’t think I was a team leader or team player so didn’t think would have confidence to do any of that but this has shown me that I can do teamwork and do it more effectively. Just like to thank the business partners who took the time out to talk…read more
Abbie- Student