With support from our Skills Academy network of education and training providers and industry supporters, we deliver programmes designed to improve the provision of skills and training in the creative and cultural industries.

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Colleges invited to sign up to this year’s Make Art Not War project

 11 October 2019

14-18 NOW was a five-year programme of extraordinary arts experiences connecting people with the First World War. Make Art Not War is a legacy of that programme and is aimed at encouraging young people to nurture essential creative skills including self-awareness, curiosity, imagination and their own voice.

In 2018-19, 14-18 NOW worked with Creative & Cultural Skills to place an artist in each of the leadership colleges of the National Skills Academy. Students used a variety of artforms to respond to the provocation put forth by leading artist Bob and Roberta Smith, ‘What does peace mean to you?’ The project worked directly with 1200 students and a University of the Arts Awarding Body (UAL) Diploma study option was rolled out to 213 FE colleges and 44,000 students. The significant impact of the project has demonstrated the value of real-world learning and the relevance of partnership working.  Now, for the second year... read more

Apprentices on top of the world at Sage Gateshead!

 7 March 2019

Creative apprentices in the North East are experiencing all aspects of working at cultural venues, including walking on the roof of one of the country’s most iconic buildings – Sage Gateshead.


NSA Leadership College Film and TV students excel

 17 September 2018

Belfast Metropolitan College offers a range of courses in Film, TV and Animation. Year one and two HND Film and TV Students have continued their excellent 17/18 form with a successful summer across festivals, competitions, training, and employment.


Backstage Pass for Leadership Colleges

 28 August 2018

Being part of the National Skills Academy offers many opportunities, including the chance to give students hands-on industry experience. Programme Director Rob West went along to one of the annual Festival Side Stage visits to find out more about what happens on the day.