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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Music Panel and Networking Event at Gateshead College

 23 January 2020

Nearly 100 eager and talented musicians and performing art students at Gateshead College (Leadership College of the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural) attended a music panel/networking event in December 2019. Music industry experts travelled across the country from Brighton, London, Sheffield and the North East's very own music scene to give their unique insight and advice to these aspiring performers and musicians.

The panel was made up of: Charlie Dancer, Talent Development Manager at Generator Claire Dupree, founder and editor of NARC Magazine, the independent guide to alternative music and culture for the North East. David Smith, MD of North East based Sapien Records Ltd, a management and record company assisting artists from across multiple genres (pop, rock, metal, folk, rap). Recording artist and music educator, Brighton-based Max Wheeler, one half of duo Anushka with over a million plays on Soundcloud and well over seven million plays worldwide, who has toured the world from Texas to Siberia via Vietnam. Frank Wilkes, Founder... read more

Working with apprentices at Stockton Arts Centre

 2 December 2019

ARC is a venue in the centre of Stockton on Tees, offering a full programme of professional, high quality cultural entertainment including music, comedy, drama, dance, spoken word, film and work for families.

They also have an extensive programme of creative activity for people to take part in, and provide support and development opportunities for professional performance artists.


National Skills Academy FE Leadership Summit 2019

 31 October 2019

Southwark College were this year's hosts of our annual summit for members of our National Skills Academy which took place on 24 – 25 October.


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.