National Conference

Early-bird bookings are now open for the National Conference 2017 - limited numbers available.

National Conference 2017

Join us for a day of debate, discussion, workshops and networking, and to be the first to hear about the exciting developments happening in the creative industries.

"An interesting and information-rich event, celebrating successes and putting young people at the heart of the programme through participation and contributing."

This year the conference is on the theme 'Building a Creative Nation: Diversity and Fair Access', which will examine the state of diversity, fair access and recruitment practices in the creative industries, assessing the effect of new vocational employment initiatives such as apprenticeships and technical courses.

We will also be offering special workshops for apprentices and interns, to learn and network with the industry.

Make sure you're there for the most important event of the year for the sector, featuring leaders from government, industry and education as we champion the success of getting young people into work and training.

Don't miss out on the early bird offer, which runs for a limited period

National Conference 2016

Thanks again to everyone who joined us. To see how the day went, take a look at our National Conference Storify

Following our campaign theme 'Building a Creative Nation: Putting Skills to Work', the conference featured leaders from government, industry and education as we championed the success of getting young people into work and training in the creative industries.

If we don’t invest time and resources in developing the careers of young people now, a generation of talent will be lost.

Delegates from across business and education debated the impact of nurturing skills and talent, as we celebrated the employers and young people who have participated in the thousands of jobs created by the Creative Employment Programme.

Speakers included:

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said: “Paid internships and apprenticeships remain a vital way for young people to gain experience in the arts and culture sector. They help overcome barriers to employment and provide an essential opportunity for people who have an interest in arts and culture to carve out a career.

"We have made a start, but there is much more that needs to be done. We must all think about the long-term success and resilience of the arts and culture in this country; if we don’t invest time and resources in developing the careers of young people now, a generation of talent will be lost.”

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