Rotherham pupil’s artwork a vision of the future

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A South Yorkshire primary school pupil’s artistic vision of the future of work has won him first place in a competition set by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

Bramley Sunnyside pupil Harry Vernon, of Rotherham, was awarded the ‘Gallery Town: Future of Work’ prize at an event attended by business leaders from across the region.

The competition asked pupils to envision what the future of work will look like and invited them to create a piece of artwork that showed ‘what different jobs might be needed in the future’ and ‘the types of equipment and technology there may be.’

The competition was commissioned by the UKCES in coordination with their ‘Future of Work’ reports that are investigating the employment needs and expectations that face our country.

A publicly funded industry-led organisation, the UKCES offers guidance on skills and employment issues. It is led by commissioners consisting of CEOs from large and small businesses, employment advisers and trade union representatives who give advice on the labour market, helping businesses to carry out employment and skills policies to allow them to compete internationally.

One priority for 2015 is to create more career opportunities for young people and Gallery Town, an arts based economic and cultural regeneration project, was commissioned to deliver the competition.

Gallery Town has Brian Blessed and Howard Webb MBE as supporters and is an innovative arts project that has links to The National Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

As winner of the competition Harry was awarded a trip to Westminster to meet Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

Alex Curling, Assistant Director UK CES said:“We were really impressed by all the entries, but Harry’s stood out because it was so well constructed and because of the way it cleverly contrasted the past with the future. Harry really thought about the subject and brought it to life beautifully. ”

Pollyanna Pickering, the UK’s most published artist said:“I was very impressed by the high standard of all the shortlisted entries, and by the amount of work and thought that went into the designs.”