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.

Creative Choices highlights the opportunities available
Creative Choices highlights the opportunities available

Over 80 pupils from schools across the region attended Portsmouth Guildhall’s fourth Creative Choices Day, a day of workshops to inform young people about the range of careers available in the creative economy, the UK’s fastest growing sector.

Year 9-11 pupils from Milton Cross, St John’s College and Mayville High School took part in sessions led by the Guildhall team on Front of House and Stage Management, working in live events with Ticketmaster International and a lighting workshop with White Light Ltd.

The free sessions gave pupils the opportunity to try out the different job roles for themselves and speak directly to experts in the industry who were able to share their entry routes, career paths and experiences with the students.

Live events 

John Talbot, Artist Relations Development Manager for Ticketmaster International said, “‘Live events are a challenging and rewarding business to work in. Demand for live experiences is higher than ever before and that means a greater choice of careers opening up within the industry."

"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, and Creative Choices begins to highlight where those opportunities might be. Ticketmaster are delighted to be invited and given the opportunity to deliver a workshop that encourages the attendees to consider future employment in such an exciting sector.”

The day ended with a careers talk led by Creative and Cultural Skills providing practical information, advice and resources for pupils wishing to make the leap from aspiration to employment.

Learning & Participation Manager for Portsmouth Guildhall, Hayley Reay said, “Our Creative Choices Day is growing each year with more schools and pupils wanting to be involved. We are delighted that we are able to offer these experiences, giving pupils access to some of our partners within the industry, and it is great to see young people eager and excited about their future careers”.

"Demand for live experiences is higher than ever before and that means a greater choice of careers opening up within the industry."

The Creative Choices day is part of the Guildhall’s wider Schools and Creative Skills Development programme. This includes a careers roadshow, which visits students in their schools, and also offers work shadow opportunities.

Those in the Portsmouth area don’t have long to wait before the next creative careers event. On 21 March, from 10am to 4pm, Havant and South Downs College are hosting The Creative Expo South, a free exhibition for the creative industries, bringing businesses and creatives together.

The Creative Expo is an initiative which aims to raise the profile of the creative sector, connect organisations who have a common interest in the creative industries and draw separate areas together, providing a strength on which to build mutually beneficial relationships.

 Visit the website to find out more about attending or exhibiting.

For more information about the Portsmouth Guildhall please contact Hayley Reay, Learning & Participation Manager, on 023 9387 0193.