Creative & Cultural Industries Blog

Blog posts from industry and education leaders about our Building a Creative Nation campaign – championing youth employment and fair access in the creative industries.

Students have the chance to observe back stage and witness the change over between acts.

Backstage pass to major music festivals

8 July 2019

Summer is here and once again we have been giving our National Skills Academy leadership members exclusive access side stage to see what is involved in putting on a major music festival. We spoke to Programme Director Rob West to find out more about the project.

Attendees had the chance to try out the technologies and consider how they could be used in their colleges

The potential of immersive in the arts and cultural sector

17 April 2019

New emerging technologies will transform entertainment, employment and skills needs in the future. We offered NSA leadership colleges the chance to find out more at an interactive event in PROTO Gateshead, in March 2019. Melanie Shee, Partnership Manager for the North East, writes about what happened on the day.


It's been a year of change for Creative & Cultural Skills

A year in the life of Creative & Cultural Skills

1 April 2019

The tenth annual Creative & Cultural Skills National Conference takes place today, 1 April 2019, in Cardiff City Hall. To celebrate, we’ve taken a look back at our top ten achievements over the last year.


Reforms are an opportunity to create truly industry-led training

The apprenticeship reforms: Two years on.

6 March 2019

As part of National Apprenticeships Week, Programme Director Sara Whybrew considers the impact of apprenticeships reforms in England on the cultural sector. Are they really as bad as they are sometimes made out to be?


We worked with the Royal Albert Hall every step of the way

We helped the Royal Albert Hall kick-start their apprenticeship programme

5 March 2019

Many organisations don’t know where to start when it comes to taking on an apprentice for the first time. That’s where Creative & Cultural Skills can help. Partnership Manager Jennie Godsalve writes about her experience working with the Royal Albert Hall to recruit their first apprentices.


Young people make up 2 per cent of the creative & cultural sector workforce. Photo credit: @Briony Campbell

A closer look at our new research findings

19 February 2019

For the first time since 2012, we have released new data analysing the demographics of the creative and cultural workforce across the UK. Programme Director Sara Whybrew considers how we can use this data to create a more diverse sector, and why an in-depth breakdown is so important.


The myth of meritocracy

25 January 2019

The cultural sector has become a self-endorsing closed shop and it’s high time for a shake-up. Creative & Cultural Skills CEO Simon Dancey throws down the gauntlet and commits to leading the charge.




The apprentice perspective

16 November 2018

Partnership Manager Sandra Dartnell recently video interviewed Digital Marketing Apprentice, James Parrott. She talks about how their interview can show employers the potential of hiring an apprentice, and also allowed James to put his video production skills to work.


“Creative skills are fundamental for all of our lives

Creative Collaboration: Make Art Not War

5 November 2018

Make Art Not War is a new project by 14-18 NOW and artist Bob and Roberta Smith OBE RA. We spoke to Creative & Cultural Skills Programme Director Rob West about the opportunities the project offers to creative students, their colleges and their communities.


Host venues shared their thoughts on why it is essential that we support new entrants to the sector

An ambitious plan to diversify heritage in Wales

18 October 2018

Last week saw the launch of the Cultural Ambition project in Wales. Sarah Hughes, Head of Skills Academy, Wales, reports on the launch event and considers the opportunity the project offers to young people in Wales.





Low pay for apprenticeships make them inaccessible to many.

Who can afford to do an apprenticeship?

6 September 2018

Is the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices too low? Partnership Manager Madeleine Lund considers the financial barriers people from low income backgrounds face and talks about the work being done to help care leavers access apprenticeships.



Reflection from National Conference 2018: IVE

23 August 2018

Chris Strong, Head of Skills & Enterprise at IVE, attended the Creative & Cultural Skills National Conference in 2018 and found it an invaluable experience. IVE are now working with Creative & Cultural Skills and the Leeds Enterprise Partnership to influence careers education in schools.


Manager’s Guide to Apprenticeships: Training

20 August 2018

Last year Creative & Cultural Skills launched the Manager’s Guide to Apprenticeships, written in collaboration with Acas. The first dates have now been released for a half day training course which complements the guide.


Creative Successful Dyslexic - collaborative piece at Gateshead College’s end of year Art and Design Show

Celebrating Neuro-Diversity

7 August 2018

The creative industries have been talking about the importance of diversity for quite some time – but what about neuro-diversity? Partnership Manager Melanie Shee talks about her personal experience of dyslexia and asks the creative sector to take neuro-diversity more seriously.


Blog archive

2019 (8 stories)
2018 (34 stories)
2017 (16 stories)
2016 (31 stories)
2015 (36 stories)
2014 (31 stories)
2013 (5 stories)

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