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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.
Farrah Storr, editor-in-chief of Elle UK, revealed this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity while visiting Blackpool and The Fylde College’s University Centre this week. Students now have to write a report for a competition to win the London trip.
Salford-born Farrah was in Blackpool to share her career experiences with a masterclass for students on telling their story.
Her 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.
Blackpool is one of 12 Opportunity Areas identified by the Department for Education to improve education standards and help youngsters achieve their potential.
Farrah’s inspirational talk provided the students with an opportunity to learn about the world of journalism and what it takes to succeed.
She 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.”
Cllr 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.”