Dev Blog Page2022-03-10T07:08:23+00:00

Changing history: Diversifying the museum workforce


Chaired by Catherine Ritman Smith, CCSkills Trustee and Head of Learning and Engagement at Young V&A, Changing History: Diversifying the museum workforce was a free online panel discussion that brought together young, diverse voices from across the sector to share their career journeys and experiences of working in museums and heritage.

Meet the Kickstarter: Izzy Barber

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Founded in 2017, Melodic Distraction is an independent internet station based in Liverpool that hosts over 150 monthly shows and has recently opened a live events space. Izzy joined the team in May 2021 on a six-month Creative Kickstart placement, having discovered the opportunity through a post on Instagram.

Our work and impact in 2021


It has been a year of tremendous challenge for everyone, which makes it all the more important to celebrate the great work our Creative & Cultural Skills team has delivered alongside our partners, employers, and people working throughout our sector.

Meet the Kickstarter: Karmal Waters

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Karmal Waters is a Creative Kickstart Placement at Music Manager’s Forum (MMF), the largest representative of music management in the world. Karmal’s role as Events & Marketing Assistant has allowed him to support the promotion and delivery of their live and virtual events, with a particular highlight being the Artist and Manager Awards where he met the likes of Elton John, Grace Ladoja, Bicep, Karma Artists, Wes Nelson and Hardy Caprio.

Podcast Episode 5 – Volunteering in the arts – the fine line


Volunteering is a long-established practice in many cultural organisations, and there are numerous reasons that can motivate someone to volunteer - often social or altruistic reasons. It can build confidence and introduce skills to help people make the next step into paid employment. But are organisations in the creative and cultural industries doing enough to support this type of volunteer?

Best Practice Recruitment Guide for Creative Leaders

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The Best Practice Recruitment Guide for Creative Leaders has been designed to help employers reflect on how they might currently approach recruitment and offers simple steps that could help a business reach beyond the norm. We’d like to support employers to understand what diversity and inclusivity really mean, and the moral, social and legal implications of truly embracing these.

Free sector support training in Northern Ireland


Thanks to funding from the National Lottery, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) is supporting a range of sessions and workshops for creative and cultural businesses throughout Northern Ireland, that will offer free expert advice and help a wider range of talent into the creative workforce.

A new cohort of trainees begin their cultural heritage careers across Wales as part of the Cultural Ambition programme


Now in its fourth year, the Cultural Ambition programme is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Welsh Government’s Museums, Archives and Libraries division. Since 2018, it has provided over 30 young people from Wales with skills and work experience across the Welsh cultural heritage sector through paid training.

New ‘Flexi-Job’ apprenticeships – what can they achieve for the creative and cultural sector?


The ‘flexi-job’ apprenticeships announced this week in England can offer a new route to careers in our world-leading creative industries and help arts and cultural organisations of all sizes connect with new talent. The scheme could also remove some barriers faced by those currently under-represented in the sector, boosting diversity and broadening opportunity.

Podcast bonus episode: Meet apprentices Emma and Ellen


In this bonus podcast episode we hear a discussion between two former apprentices, Emma Blake Morsi, a Multidisciplinary Arts Producer; and Ellen Johnson, a Project Officer at Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums. The recording was made as part of our feature-length episode, Apprenticeships work for other sectors, do they work for ours?, listen here. 

A Year of Anti-Racist Action report, 2021


The recent report by Inc Arts UK A Year of Anti-Racist Action, which explores the progression made in the arts and culture sector, makes a valuable contribution to this discussion, and its findings echo many of the challenges we’ve encountered in the sector.

In a sector under pressure, will freelancers suffer or thrive?

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The creative industries thrive on innovation, versatility, and practicality.  Many creative professionals operate successful portfolio and freelance careers, and for young people who aspire to a career in the sector, understanding the value of this way of working might just help some make the leap, especially if they know they can be their own boss.  But we must help the next generation learn that there is a right way to do this.

Promising Futures – the Young Person’s Guarantee


Creative & Cultural Skills is supporting the Young Person’s Guarantee as part of our commitment that the creative and cultural sector will Build Back Fairer. The Guarantee aims to provide an opportunity to every 16-24-year-old in Scotland through a job, an apprenticeship, further or higher education, training programme or volunteering. Sandy Begbie CBE CEO of Scottish Financial Enterprise, has led on its development and offers more detail about why it matters and how to get involved.

Industry-led student challenge winner announced


Creative & Cultural Skills supports industry-led live briefs that give students a unique opportunity to gain practical experience in the creative sector and to put their skills to the test. They are part of our work to create fair and inclusive opportunities for young people within the creative and cultural sectors.

Podcast Launch Episode – Build Back Fairer


Joining the discussion is Catherine Ritman-Smith Head of Learning and Engagement, Young V&A and Alex Porter-Smith Co-founder & Head of Production at High Tide Media. During this 40-minute preview episode, they cover a range of topics from how the pandemic has highlighted some of the inequalities in society, how the cultural sector has adapted, the impact on freelancers, and much more.

National Apprenticeship Week 2021


Creative & Cultural Skills has been involved in apprenticeships since 2008, when we first supported the development of the creative apprenticeship frameworks for the industry. Since then we’ve seen thousands of apprentices start in the sector, supporting young people to pursue an alternative route into employment in our world leading industry.

Our work and impact in 2020


The immediate answer is unmistakeable: 2020 has been a tragedy. The profound loss of life, the cost to our economy, the detrimental impact on the wellbeing of millions. The impact has been palpable.

Digital Discover! Creative Careers Week


Celebrating the launch of Digital Discover! Creative Careers Week 2020, part of Creative Careers Programme Cymru. A programme of content that will support a diverse range of young people to learn about real jobs from those that do them, led by the creative industries.

Think piece: We can’t rebuild if we’re not valued

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The creative sector is serious business. Before the Covid-19 crisis, its value to the UK was more than £111bn a year, the second largest contributor to the economy, and it was the country’s fastest growing sector – to say nothing of the years of dedication and training required by practitioners to excel in careers of choice.

Creative & Cultural Skills Announces Jane Ide As New Chief Executive


Jane is based in Derbyshire and joins us from NAVCA, the national membership body for voluntary and community sector support and development organisations. She is an established CEO with experience of working collaboratively in complex environments and an extensive background in communications, stakeholder engagement at ministerial, national and regional levels and reputational management.

The Chancellor today announced a £2bn ‘kickstart scheme’ to create more jobs for young people


Those aged 16-24, claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment, will be eligible. Funding available for each six-month job placement will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week – and employers will be able to top this wage up. It is intended to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people.

Building a Creative Nation – Current and Future Skills Needs

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The creative and cultural industries are one of the mainsprings of the British economy, yet despite its strong position, the creative and cultural sector is facing a number of skills challenges, which could threaten its continued growth and prosperity. This report explores the skills that are key to sustaining this growth, and addressing current gaps and shortages is a priority to ensure the sector continues to thrive.

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