Press releases

Creative & Cultural Skills announced as a National Portfolio Organisation 2018-22

28 June 2017

Arts Council England has awarded funding to Creative & Cultural Skills as one of its new Sector Support Organisations.


Welsh National Opera live brief opportunity

8 June 2017

Students in the National Skills Academy are invited to present a creative response to the brief 'Set Design for Touring Companies'


Final chance to apply to the Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme

30 May 2017

Creative companies hoping to expand their workforce have until June 16th to apply to the NI Creative Employment Programme.


Sgiliau Creadigol a Diwylliannol a Llywodraeth Cymru yn sicrhau cefnogaeth y Loteri Genedlaethol.

14 March 2017

Mae Sgiliau Creadigol a Diwylliannol, drwy weithio mewn partneriaeth gyda Llywodraeth Cymru a phartneriaid treftadaeth, wedi derbyn cefnogaeth ariannol o £709,600 gan Gronfa Dreftadaeth y Loteri (CDL)


Creative & Cultural Skills and Welsh Government secure National Lottery support

14 March 2017

Creative & Cultural Skills, working in partnership with the Welsh Government and heritage partners, has received support of £709,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).


Programme announced for the 2017 National Conference

14 February 2017

'Diversity and Fair Access' on 2nd March 2017


Welsh National Opera announce the first winner of their opera Design Challenge

8 February 2017

The very first theatre design challenge ran by Welsh National Opera to uncover new talent in stage design, has announced their first winner.


National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries announces new Chair

26 May 2016

Althea Efunshile, currently Deputy Chief Executive of Arts Council England, will take on a new role as Chair for the first ever government-backed National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries.


National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries announces new Principal

10 May 2016

Jane Button, Director of Learner Journey at Lambeth College will take on a new role as Principal for the first ever government backed college for the Creative and Cultural Industries.


National Conference Shapes Creative Careers for the Future

3 March 2016

Creative & Cultural Skills National Conference 2016 celebrates over 4,500 job roles created in the arts and cultural sector


Call for first 20 students to join the National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries

3 March 2016

Employers today took the opportunity of Creative & Cultural Skills’ National Conference to call for the first twenty students to join the industry-led and Government-backed National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries, which is being established at High House Production Park in Thurrock from September 2016, working with partners nationwide.


Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2016: Celebrating Unsung Heroes In The Creative Industries

9 December 2015

Calling for nominations: individuals, organisations, further education colleges, apprentices and interns


New speakers announced for the Creative & Cultural Skills National Conference 2016

3 December 2015

Join the most influential figures in the creative industries.


Northern Ireland Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2015 - winners announced

30 November 2015

The ‘Unsung Heroes’ who have given young talent their first big break in the Arts have been celebrated for the first time in Northern Ireland.


The Creative Skills Initiative will help 1,500 young people from across England

26 November 2015

The Creative Skills Initiative (CSI) is a strand of the Creative Employment Programme specifically designed to give those aged 16-21, who are not yet ready to enter the workplace, some of the confidence and experience they need to take the next step towards employment or further training.


New resource gives advice to young people working in the creative industries

24 November 2015

Develop Your Career resource responds to the demand for young entrepreneurs in the creative industries


Booking now open for Creative & Cultural Skills National Conference 2016

14 October 2015

Darren Henley, the chief executive of Arts Council England (ACE), is to give keynote speech


Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme awards £23,500 to create eight job opportunities.

15 September 2015

Creative & Cultural Skills has today announced that 5 companies will be awarded funding to enable them to take on apprentices and interns.


Over 2630 opportunities created following round 24 of the Creative Employment Programme

17 August 2015

Round 24 successes have brought the total number of apprenticeships funded through the programme to 1244 and the total number of internships to 1388.



Celebrating ten years in the creative and cultural sector

20 July 2015

In 2015, Creative & Cultural Skills and Arts Award both celebrate their tenth anniversary.


Young musicians to shine at The Sunday Times Festival of Education

16 June 2015

Creative & Cultural Skills have produced an exciting line-up of young talent for the evening’s entertainment

The Sunday Times Festival of Education brings together the very best of education's most forward thinking advocates, practitioners of change and policy makers. The Social will provide an exciting end to day one of the festival which has an incredible line up of speakers including Piers Morgan, Tinie Tempah and Al Murray.


Over 2450 opportunities created following round 22 of the Creative Employment Programme

26 May 2015

Round 22 successes have brought the total number of apprenticeships funded through the programme to 1145 and the total number of internships to 1328.


The future of creative and cultural education and training in Wales

7 May 2015

Influential figures in the Welsh arts world discuss the future direction of the creative industries in a special college conference.


Cyhoeddi Enillydd Briff Byw National Theatre Wales

20 April 2015

Ym mis Tachwedd 2014, gosododd National Theatre Wales her i fyfyrwyr yn aelod-golegau’r Academi Sgiliau Genedlaethol yng Nghymru.


Outstanding apprentices are celebrated by the creative industries

10 March 2015

Apprentice of the Year winners speak out on the im


2015 Award winners announced

5 March 2015

On 4 March 2015, industry leaders gathered at The


Creative Employment Programme sees the total number of funded opportunities reach 2301

17 February 2015

Round 19 successes have brought the total number of apprenticeships funded through the programme to 1070 and the total number of internships to 1231.


Chris Bryant MP confirmed to speak at our Annual Conference 2015

16 February 2015

We are delighted to announce that Chris Bryant MP will be a keynote speaker at our sixth annual conference.


Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2015: Shortlist announced

10 February 2015

The shortlisted nominations are now available to view on our website, which also has details of the final judging panel.


Full programme confirmed for Creative & Cultural Skills Annual Conference

9 February 2015

Hear from Tony Hall, Nick Boles MP and many more at our sixth conference and ten-year anniversary celebration. Tickets are on sale now


Hear from the BBC’s Tony Hall at our annual conference

16 January 2015

We are delighted to announce that Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC, will be a keynote speaker at our sixth annual conference.


Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2015

5 January 2015

Celebrating unsung heroes across the sector. Last chance to nominate individuals, organisations, apprentices and interns.


Over 2250 opportunities created following round 18 of the Creative Employment Programme

5 January 2015

Round 18 successes have brought the total number of apprenticeships funded through the programme to 1061 and the total number of internships to 1,227.


National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries to be established

11 December 2014

The first National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries to be established at The Backstage Centre, High House Production Park, Thurrock, and with partners nationwide, opening September 2016.


Appointment of a new awarding body for apprenticeships

28 November 2014

Creative & Cultural Skills are pleased to announce that SQA have approved our proposal to award a suite of Creative & Cultural qualifications which have been earmarked for withdrawal recently by EDI/Pearson.


Funding programme to create jobs for young people extended to 2016

18 November 2014

Employers in England have been given an extra 12 months to apply to the Creative Employment Programme and secure funding to subsidise new apprentice and internship positions within the creative industries.


Y cymwysterau lefel uwch cyntaf erioed ar gyfer crefft, dylunio a threftadaeth ddiwylliannol.

11 November 2014

Y cymwysterau lefel uwch cyntaf erioed yng nghymru


Building a Creative Nation in the South West

10 November 2014

Leaders from the creative industries and the education sector will attend the inaugural Building a Creative Nation South West conference this week, aiming to create new jobs for young people within the region.


Over 2117 opportunities created following round 16 of the Creative Employment Programme

4 November 2014

Round 16 successes have brought the total number of apprenticeships funded through the programme to 953 and the total number of internships to 1,164.


Higher level qualifications for craft, design and cultural heritage launched in Wales

4 November 2014

Creative & Cultural Skills is proud to launch brand new higher level units and qualifications in craft, design and cultural heritage.


Cyfle i ymgynghori ar Gynllun Iaith Gymraeg Sgiliau Creadigol a Diwylliannol.

7 October 2014

Wrth ddangos ei ymrwymiad i'r Gymraeg, mae Sgiliau Creadigol a Diwylliannol wedi datblygu Cynllun Iaith Gymraeg gyda Chomisiynydd y Gymraeg. Mae'r ddogfen hon yn destun ymgynghoriad ar hyn o bryd, a byddem yn croesawu ymatebion ac awgrymiadau i'r darn hwn o waith.


Creative & Cultural Skills Welsh Language Scheme is out for consultation

7 October 2014

In showing its commitment to Welsh, Creative & Cultural Skills have developed a Welsh Language Scheme with the Welsh Language Commissioner. This document is currently out for consultation and we welcome any responses and suggestions to this piece of work.


Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2015: celebrating unsung heroes across the sector

25 September 2014

Calling nominations for individuals, organisations, apprentices and interns.


Over 2000 opportunities created following round 15 of the Creative Employment Programme

24 September 2014

Round 15 successes have brought the total number of apprenticeships funded through the programme to 934 and the total number of internships to 1,112.


National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural Grows in Wales

22 September 2014

Coleg Sir Gâr has become the second college in Wales to sign up to the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural, a UK-wide network of employers and educators led by Creative & Cultural Skills.


Win Tickets to Building a Creative Nation: The Next Decade

17 September 2014

Take part in our stakeholder survey


Vicky Featherstone opens TheatreCraft 2014

15 September 2014

The Royal Court Theatre’s Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone will open this year’s TheatreCraft, the annual theatre careers event that offers young people the chance to explore the many opportunities to work in behind the scenes roles.


The new trailblazer apprenticeship standard for Craft is published

22 August 2014

Level 3 Craftsperson Trailblazer Apprenticeship


Trustee recognised as one of UK’s most influential disabled people

21 July 2014

Robin Millar named by the Disability News Service


Creative & Cultural Skills CEO recognised in Queen’s birthday honours

14 June 2014

Pauline Tambling, Joint CEO of Creative & Cultural Skills and Managing Director of the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural, has received a CBE for her services to education and training in the cultural sector.


Holts Academy and Creative & Cultural Skills join forces to support young people into work

12 June 2014

Holts Academy have become the first Independent Training Provider to join Creative & Cultural Skills’ network of education providers and creative businesses, with both organisations pledging to improve education and training opportunities available to young people within the jewellery industry.


1642 opportunities created so far by the Creative Employment Programme

21 May 2014

See the list of organisations that successfully applied for Creative Employment Programme funding in rounds one-11.


Prime Minister and Culture Secretary visit High House Production Park

21 May 2014

Royal Opera House apprentices and staff working in the Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop on the High House Production Park (HHPP) in Purfleet had the opportunity to meet the Prime Minister David Cameron and Culture Secretary Sajid Javid and demonstrate their craftsmanship and skills from scenic painting to set construction on Monday 19 May.


The Backstage Centre scoops prestigious Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors award

13 May 2014

One of Thurrock’s new major industrial projects is celebrated for contribution to the area’s regeneration.


Education partner - Holts Academy announces launch of new higher education courses in jewellery

6 May 2014

Holts Academy is expanding its educational offer to include ‘Higher Education for Industry’.


New masterclass series to showcase technical careers

11 September 2013

Creative & Cultural Skills has announced plans to host a series of one-day masterclasses this autumn for young people embarking on careers in technical theatre.


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