Work-related Learning

Our industry supporters inform, guide and inspire students about their work, offering unique industry insights into careers and job roles. These are just some of the opportunities designed to meet your specific interests and priorities:

Speakers Programme

Our speakers programme provides unique access to experienced practitioners for talks and question-and-answer sessions. The list of speakers includes:

  • Lynne McDowell CEO Well Red Music & Media
  • Theatre Designer Ruth Paton
  • leading Bespoke Jewellery Designer Harriet Kelsall
  • renowned Sound Engineer Dave Swallow

It also includes people from from some of our industry supporting organisations, including:

  • the Welsh National Opera
  • Lyric Theatre Belfast
  • Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts
  • the Crafts Council

Skills Academy Production Days

Staff and students can enjoy exclusive, behind-the-scenes access at venues, from London’s O2 to Glasgow’s Conference Centre, shadowing a get-in for a major event.

Hosted by Glastonbury Stage and Production Manager Steve Cheney.

Skills Academy Festival Side Show Days

Here again, get exclusive access to major international festivals such as Latitude, Download and others hosted by Steve Cheney. Students have been offered placements on the festivals each year as part of the project.

For more information, check the education updates or email

Education partner updates

Huw Morgan

 2 December 2019

Working with apprentices at Stockton Arts Centre

Apprentices at ARC Arts Centre

Robert West

 31 October 2019

National Skills Academy FE Leadership Summit 2019

Sarah Laverty

 11 October 2019

Colleges invited to sign up to this year’s Make Art Not War project

Up to 25 colleges can sign up

Sarah Laverty

 7 March 2019

Apprentices on top of the world at Sage Gateshead!

Belfast Metropolitan College photo

,  17 September 2018

NSA Leadership College Film and TV students excel

Belfast Met students winning in their field

Robert West photo

,  28 August 2018

Backstage Pass for Leadership Colleges

Gateshead College photo

,  25 May 2018

New scheme to create tech skills for the future

London South East Colleges - no photo available

London South East Colleges,  24 April 2018

Woolwich: London’s latest creative hub

The creative industries have arrived in Woolwich

Sarah Laverty

 26 February 2018

Students attend Portsmouth Guildhall’s fourth Creative Choices day

Creative Choices in Portsmouth

Robert West

 18 December 2017

NSA acheivements in 2017

What a year it has been!

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