Friday, October 28, 2016 - 10:30

Students from across Cornwall have come together at the Eden Project to create a vision of their future in 2030.

Eden held the event entitled ‘Young People and Our Future Economy’ with the support of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to get input from young people into the future economic plan for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly up to 2030.

The plan is being put together by the LEP and will provide an economic blueprint for the next 15 years. It is due to be published in the New Year.

Forty students from Newquay Treviglas, St Ives, Liskeard and Callington secondary schools attended the event to visualise the future direction of Cornwall and explore what was important to them.

Mark Adams, Business and Enterprise Teacher at St Ives School, said: “The students have loved and benefited from coming to this event - it’s so important for them to remember that they are a key part of Cornwall’s future.”

The students’ ideas fuelled discussions about the importance of the environment, technology, connectivity and equality in Cornwall’s future.

Sixth Form student Holly Neville from Callington Community College, said: “Education is most important for providing the building blocks for the future. We think there should be more opportunities to learn about the world of work and develop skills, rather than just be in the classroom.”

To end the day the students wrote postcards to the students of 2030 so their future counterparts can compare how realistic their 2016 predictions were.

Clare Harris, the LEP’s Employment and Skills Manager, said: “I’m thrilled by the students' responses. They have come up with some great ideas which we will be hoping to work into the Strategic Economic Plan for Cornwall and Scilly over the coming months.”

Sam Kendall, Eden's Education Manager, said: "The young people delighted us with their energy and commitment to the process. This has been a fantastic opportunity for them to have their voices heard."