Education partners updates

From live briefs to industry workshops, we have a range of projects on offer for our education partners. Get updated on the latest projects here and how to get involved.

Music Panel and Networking Event at Gateshead College

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.

Working with apprentices at Stockton Arts Centre

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

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

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.

Apprentices on top of the world at Sage Gateshead!

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

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

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.

New scheme to create tech skills for the future

A revolutionary scheme is underway in the region to bridge digital skills gaps and create the next generation of technology entrepreneurs.

Woolwich: London’s latest creative hub

​Ian Shillito, Course Leader of Production Arts in London South East Colleges says that the recent creative developments in Woolwich offer a great opportunity for local students, but warns that education reforms could negatively impact the industry.

Students attend Portsmouth Guildhall’s fourth Creative Choices day

Portsmouth Guildhall offers advice and support to young people considering career opportunities in the creative economy at its most successful creative choices day yet.

NSA acheivements in 2017

As we reach the end of another year it's a good opportunity to look back and see what we've been able to achieve through our National Skills Academy network of education partners and industry supporters.

Creative Digital Careers Infographics

Leytonstone School in East London, have provided the latest group of young people to fulfil their Live Brief to research creative industry career opportunities in their area, and present back their findings to employers.

Design Museum Student Awards

Once again we have linked up with our friends at the Design Museum in London to offer an exciting live brief and programme.

Apprenticeship Information Events

Spread the word to employers in your area about our information events or be prepared to come along and meet employers who may be in need of your services, in their organisation.

Creative Education Forum 2017

The 2017 Creative Education Forum will be hosted by Gateshead College on Thursday 19th October.

Design Museum Student Design Competition 2016/17

Design Museum and Creative & Cultural Skills are pleased to offer this exclusive opportunity for students in the National Skills Academy to design to the theme of 'Making Design Work for Us'.

Welsh National Opera Live Brief

Welsh National Opera and Creative & Cultural Skills are pleased to offer this opportunity for students in the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural. Students are invited to present a Stage design, which will be judged by Welsh National Opera in the autumn 2016.

MOVE IT 2016 – UK’s biggest Dance Event

Work Experience Opportunities for 18+

Classes & Theatres Stewarding / Running & Stage Management / Tickets & Merchandise Sales Staff / Customer Service

Building a Creative Nation: Tutor CPD Event - Autumn 2016

How to create industry links and work placements to support the creative arts curriculum

Roald Dahl 2016

National Theatre Wales and Creative & Cultural Skills are pleased to offer this opportunity for students in the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural. The following brief is based on the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth which is being celebrated across the UK in 2016.

Creative & Cultural Skills: LIVE PERFORMANCE CALL OUT

Creative & Cultural Skills are looking for young bands musicians and performers (aged 14 - 24) to be part of our National Conference and 2016 Awards Dinner.

TheatreCraft Digital Communications Work Experience Opportunity

Join the Digital Communications Team @TheatreCraft 2015!

UFest London Festival 2015

70 Production, Stage and Technical Crew Opportunities for volunteers at London’s newest culture festival on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

A Communication Guide for our Education Partners

This Communication Guide for our Education Partners provides you with all the relevant information needed to make use of our online channels, to help promote your activities and opportunities and to keep you informed of all our offers.

Design Museum’s “CHANGING LIVES”: Sign up to the design challenge!

Creative & Cultural Skills, in partnership with Design Museum, call for those passionate about innovative design to join the competition: Changing Lives: Travel, Migration, Mobility for 14-19 year olds.

Royal Opera House 2015/16 Design Challenge CPD (15 September 2015)

The Royal Opera House has launched the sixth Design Challenge based around the Verdi opera 'La Traviata'.

Tutor Hacks: what is on your mind…...

A Tutor Hack is part CPD and part creative collaboration between tutors, with an insight from the sector.

To propose a Tutor Hack, please complete the below form, and we will work with you to produce the event and bring in external partners to give insights and resource.

Southbank Centre’s Festival of Love 2016 Design Challenge

Creative & Cultural Skills, in partnership with Southbank Centre, are looking for young designers, artists and makers (aged 14 - ­21) to be part of the Festival of Love Design Challenge.

2016 Tutor: Building a Creative Nation Event

The second Tutor training and delivery event will be on Friday 22 April 2016. This is an annual event for member tutors to source and share new creative delivery methods.

Re-imagine La Traviata digitally

We will be running an additional strand of the Design Challenge with our partners in Brazil (as part of the British Council's ‘Scene Change’ project)

Production Days and Summer Festival Placements

This summer 102 students will have attended 10 Festivals, with the introduction of new places in technical and Artist Liaison roles.

The Sunday Times Festival of Education 2015

For the second year we programmed The Social, bringing together new talent from across our college network.

National Theatre Connections 500: apply by 8 July

In 2016, the National Theatre’s Connections festival turns 21 and to celebrate they are looking for 500 secondary schools, colleges and youth theatres to take part in the biggest Connections festival to date. Don’t miss out on the chance for your students to perform at the National Theatre.

Youth Production Network Tour

We are pleased to be promoting the upcoming tour by the Production Youth Network allowing students to gain skills in presenting a concert in their college

Tutor Hack: Study Programme Work Experience

Employability comes from a student’s interaction with their chosen sector during their training, and work experience happens from the moment they enrol on a course. Now is the time to ensure the Study Programme work experience specification matches the realities of the creative industries.

The National Video Archive of Performance

With over 100 plays being performed and studied in our College network, we are often at a loss when a production either does not tour to your region or can’t be licensed for performance in your college.

Join us at the Southbank Centre for Careers in the Arts: 14 October 2015

Creative & Cultural Skills are working in partnership with Southbank Centre to host over 90 one to one micro-mentoring sessions at this iconic riverside venue.

BBC Introducing ‘un-plugged’ project

We are expanding the project to gradually include all of our member colleges, and this Autumn will be including CPD for those taking part.

Summer Festival Placements

Festival Republic, Live Nation and the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural will be providing a total of 12 work experience placements for 18+ students in the Artist Liaison and Production teams of major festivals this summer.

The Curious Incident Design Challenge links up the UK

Via a live web chat, over 50 students from partner colleges across the country gained advice from the National Theatre creative team for their Curious Incident Design Challenge entries.

Summer Festival Stage Side Days

This summer Skills Academy colleges will be visiting the country's leading Festivals to gain insights into the production process

Fun Palaces

A Fun Palace is created by the community for the community, and this year could link your work to the creative heart of your town.

The Advantage Training - access a FREE webinar

Give your learners 'The Advantage' and a business opportunity for your college.

Southbank Centre call for Young Entrepreneurs

Southbank Centre Strive Festival calls for UK's hottest creative talent: Live brief opportunity for young creative entrepreneurs to showcase their work at this prestigious international event.

Madama Butterfly Design Challenge Finalists announced

The Royal Opera House team have judged over 450 entries, and announce 48 entries to be exhibited as part of the Schools' matinee on 27 March.

Interested in hosting an AA2A placement to support employability?

AA2A are inviting Skills Academy members to register an interest in hosting an 'Artists Access to Art Colleges' scheme from October 2015.

Creative Training and Delivery Conference (17 April)

Booking has opened for the Creative & Cultural Skills education partner 'Creative Training and Delivery Conference'.

Nominations open for VQ Awards

The creative sector relies upon the best vocational training, and here is your chance to nominate the partners that make it all possible

Design Museum: Your Studio free and discounted places

50 per cent or more off Your Studio Design Workshops and Hacks at the Design Museum for members bringing two groups of 15 or more students on the same day.

The Advantage Training (4 and 5 March) - Education Membership discount

Give your students the Advantage and a business opportunity for you. 4 and 5 March

National Theatre Curious Incident Design Challenge

To celebrate the first ever UK and Ireland Tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, the design team from this acclaimed production; Paule Constable (Lighting Designer), Bunny Christie (Set/Costume Designer), Finn Ross (Video Designer) and Ian Dickinson (Sound Designer), are setting a Design Challenge that aims to replicate the professional process they went through.

Good Times In The Park

Targeted at London students

Enter: 14-19 Student Design Competition with the Design Museum

FOUNDER COLLEGES: We are running a 14-19 Student Design Competition in partnership with the Design Museum and Shape Arts. The competition theme is: surprise. Please put your students forward.

Next BRIT Thing

The Big Music Project is looking for all talented musicians and performers right across the UK that believe they have what it takes to be crowned the Next BRIT Thing.

Royal Opera House Design Challenge 2014/15 application form

I'm pleased to announce the theme of 2014/2015 Royal Opera House Design Challenge will be Madame Butterfly.

Summer Production Days 2014

Exclusive opportunity for our Founder College member students

Artist Liaison Placements: Summer 2014

Interested in being part of the major festivals?

The essential introduction to World Class Crewing led by Simon Lovelace

The course does what it says on the tin!

Would your students be interested in attending this course?

Design Museum CPD for Tutors

A one-day professional development course (CPD) for FE Tutors.

Sign students up for events insight and runner opportunities

Would your students be interested in gaining an insight into event management and/or become a runner for a day?

Nominate your staff for the Creative & Cultural Skills Tutor of the Year Award

Tutors inspire, mentor and teach the next generation of creatives. We would like you to help us celebrate their success. We are taking nominations until Thursday 13 February.

JOAN +: War of the Stages. Book your college in

JOAN +: War of the Stages. Creative & Cultural Skills and the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama will be working in partnership to create a national performance opportunity of Oh What a Lovely War. Book your tutors onto the 15 March event.

Design brief: Students invited to design certificate for Employer Awards

UK ART & DESIGN DEPARTMENTS: Entries are open for your students to design a certificate to be presented to employers at our awards ceremony.

Enter our Student Design Award

UK ART & DESIGN DEPARTMENTS: Tell your students to submit an entry to our Design Award, part of the Creative & Cultural Employer Awards.

Museum volunteering programme seeks young jobseekers

UK COLLEGES: Let young jobseekers in your network know about the Inspiring Futures: Volunteering for Wellbeing programme.

JOAN+ Drama and Heritage project : Register your interest

Put on a production of Oh What A Lovely War and be part of a national arts and heritage project.

Steering Groups

Steering Groups are your chance to drive programme forwards.

The Workshop

Mark Pearce's work on online educational communities inspired Creative & Cultural Skills for our next big campaign.

Artsmark: Register for the Artsmark award now

ENGLAND COLLEGES: The Artsmark application form is now live

Royal Opera House: Sleeping Beauty Design Challenge launches

Put the dates for the upcoming Royal Opera House: Sleeping Beauty Design Challenge in your diary.

Can you offer anything for the CreateConnect scheme?

UK COLLEGES: Use the attached form and e-leaflet to help us get local benefits relevant to your students