VR gives special look inside Pendle businesses

A new virtual reality project takes students inside five Pendle businesses, exploring the range of career paths available in the area.

The series of films was created by Pendle-based arts nonprofit In-Situ at the request of Pendle Borough Council for its #makeitinpendle campaign.

The immersive films, viewed through virtual reality headsets, each feature a 360 degree tour of workplaces by the businesses. They show life on the factory floor, in a professional kitchen, an artist’s studio and a technology lab.

Silentnight, Hope Technologies, Higherford Mill, Fence Gate and Lodge and Barnfield Construction all opened the doors to the filmmakers.

Julie Dix of Silentnight said: “Working on the VR films with In-Situ was a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the range of careers available in manufacturing, as well as dispelling some of the myths around working in a factory. We’re really proud to be involved in this project, as we believe it’s important to ensure that our young people are aware of all the amazing career options right here in Pendle.”

Paul Hartley of In-Situ said: “These films will be used as a first step for secondary school pupils thinking about creative careers in Pendle. Many don’t realise that some major manufacturers are operating right on our doorstep, and the possibilities for them here.”

We want our younger generations who go off to university to come back to Pendle to live and work

Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Council said: “Some of the country’s most famous brands are based here, including Rolls Royce, Silentnight, Mackintosh and Farmhouse Biscuits and we have the highest concentration of employment in advanced manufacturing in the UK.

“We want our younger generations who go off to university to come back to Pendle to live and work, bringing their fantastic range of much needed skills."

The films are now ready to roll these out in classrooms across Pendle after being trialled at schools and events involving business and council leaders, headteachers and pupils.

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