What we offer

Learn about the programme of activity for our education partners this year and how to stay on top of the opportunities we offer.

The National Skills Academy network of education and industry delivers programmes designed to improve the provision of skills and training in the creative and cultural industries.

It’s vital that students are encouraged to explore and think about the types of work that live music, sport and theatre can lead to" - Ticketmaster International

We work with our partners to shape the next generation of creative practitioners, sending out young people who are technically trained and professionally mentored to lead and innovate in a growing sector. 

In the past year we partnered with major cultural programme 1418 Now to bring Make Art Not War to NSA leadership colleges. Through this nationwide project we placed a professional artist in each college to work with students on their response to the provocation ‘What does peace mean to you?’

We have continued our regular industry insight visits to large scale arenas and festivals across the UK. We shadowed the last Florence and the Machine tour and also took students backstage at the setup of events such as Latitude and Leeds festival.

Our partnership with BBC Music Introducing has allowed students from member colleges to respond to live briefs, giving them real industry experience in sound engineering and live visual and audio recording. Take a look at Havering College students’ experience of getting behind the scenes. 

In 2019/20 we will be offering a unique design skills programme in partnership with the Welsh National Opera building on our recent pilot. The Welsh National Opera Design challenge is an opportunity for students in NSA colleges to apply their skills and creativity to a set design task set by industry professionals working for the Welsh National Opera.

We have revised our membership model so that education can take part at different levels of engagement: from simple 'pay for services' contracts, to major engagement as one of our Leadership Group of Colleges.

Your programme of activity

Your annual programme of activity is announced every March and starts the following September. Members can connect to the programme at different levels to suit their needs and some services can even be bought in on a one-off basis.

Take a look at the 2019-20 National Skills Academy Brochure

The annual programme includes:​

How we update you

We also provide regular education updates that give specific information about opportunities for your staff and students that are coming up, including deadlines, key facts and how to get involved. 

Each member also has access to a local Partnership manager who will give regular updates and further opportunities to enhance your curriculum.

Not a member already? To find out how membership of the National Skills Academy could benefit you, or if you would like to become a member, please contact info@ccskills.org.uk for further details.

Education partner updates

Huw Morgan

 2 December 2019

Working with apprentices at Stockton Arts Centre

Apprentices at ARC Arts Centre


Robert West

 31 October 2019

National Skills Academy FE Leadership Summit 2019


Sarah Laverty

 11 October 2019

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

Up to 25 colleges can sign up


Sarah Laverty

 7 March 2019

Apprentices on top of the world at Sage Gateshead!


Belfast Metropolitan College photo

,  17 September 2018

NSA Leadership College Film and TV students excel

Belfast Met students winning in their field


Robert West photo

,  28 August 2018

Backstage Pass for Leadership Colleges


Gateshead College photo

,  25 May 2018

New scheme to create tech skills for the future


London South East Colleges - no photo available

London South East Colleges,  24 April 2018

Woolwich: London’s latest creative hub

The creative industries have arrived in Woolwich


Sarah Laverty

 26 February 2018

Students attend Portsmouth Guildhall’s fourth Creative Choices day

Creative Choices in Portsmouth


Robert West

 18 December 2017

NSA acheivements in 2017

What a year it has been!

Leadership Colleges