Students live life in style

Published on 30/10/2019 by DTHACK

Talented students are competing to swap Blackpool's bright lights for city skyscrapers - and work alongside one of the UK's biggest names in journalism.

ELLE UK editor-in-chief Farrah Storr has given Blackpool students the chance to swap their stories for storeys - working alongside her among London's stylish skyscrapers.

Farrah revealed this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity while visiting Blackpool School of Arts students at Blackpool and The Fylde College's University Centre.

Two of the college’s students will head down to London joining Farrah at her Canary Wharf offices for a couple of days at the cutting edge of fashion journalism.

Salford-born Farrah was in Blackpool to share her career experiences with a masterclass for students on telling their story.

As well as some invaluable advice, Farrah challenged students to write a report for a competition to win the London trip.

Farrah's Blackpool visit was part of a north west tour with the Social Mobility Commission to look at improving opportunities for young people living in some of the most deprived areas of the country.

Farrah explained: "Growing up in Salford, I never thought a career in journalism was a possibility.

"The creative industries have always been so heavily weighted in London that coming from the north west felt like an enormous disadvantage.

"While it's true that I had to move away to become a journalist I don't believe geography is still the enormous barrier it once was.

"To get a break today you need super sharp ideas as well as the knowledge of where to look for true opportunity."

Councillor Kath Benson, Blackpool Council Cabinet Member for Schools, Education and Aspiration, said: "Farrah’s visit is a great example of how important ambition and aspiration are and what it takes to be successful in the workplace.

"Alongside the Blackpool Opportunity Area, we work very hard to challenge the expectations about the town and raise aspirations of children, young people and families.

"Improving the life chances of the town’s children and young people is fundamental to the future of Blackpool."

Pictured: Farrah Storr, second left, is shown with Blackpool School of Arts’ students Meagan Todd, Bethia Thornhill, Emily White and Amy Clarke. Photo kindly supplied by B&FC student Nadine Ellis.