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 partners delivers programmes designed to improve the provision of skills and training in the creative and cultural industries.

Getting employers involved in helping to prepare young people for work is something the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural have been leading on for some years now – Wayne Hemingway

We work with you – our education providers – 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. 

Last year we ran live brief projects with organisations such as the Royal Opera House, National Theatre, Design Museum, Cadw and the Northern Ireland Design Alliance. We delivered industry-led careers events around the UK and took part in events such as TheatreCraft, the Museums and Heritage Show and The Skills Show. We also hosted bespoke events with Leadership Colleges in Wales and Northern Ireland, including the first Northern Ireland Creative & Cultural Skills Awards. We offered exclusive backstage access for staff and students from our network at major festivals such as Latitude, Leeds and the V Festival

We do this through genuine collaboration between industry and education.

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 2016-17 National Skills Academy Programme or browse the side menu on the top right to see our programme breakdown.

The annual programme includes:​

How we update you

To supplement our annual programme, we provide regular education updates. These give specific information about opportunities for you and your students that are coming up, including deadlines, key facts and how to get involved, so make sure you check them.

Your local contact will also be in touch with regular updates via email so that you won't miss out.

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 [email protected]