Holly Foskett won the Northern Ireland Apprentice of the Year Award in 2017 when she was an apprentice with the Black Box, one of the principal arts and entertainment venues in Belfast. We caught up with her to discuss her experience of working in the creative industries and her new role as a judge.
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.
After 11 years with Creative & Cultural Skills, Partnership Manager Jennie Godsalve is leaving to take on a new challenge. Practising what she’s been preaching for over a decade, Jennie is set to become an apprentice as she takes her career in a new direction as a primary school teacher. We spoke to her to find out more.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
On 6 December we held the fourth Northern Ireland Creative & Cultural Skills Awards hosted by North West Regional College.
The first of our ‘A Manager’s Guide to Apprenticeships’ training sessions took place this autumn, in Birmingham and Newcastle.
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.
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.
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.
Are you interested in a career in theatre? TheatreCraft is a full day of activities offering a unique glimpse into a range of non-performance careers from directing, stage management and producing to marketing, lighting and automation.
The Finnish education system is often regarded as one of the best in the world. Partnership Manager Sam Hawkins discusses the changes the country has made since 2001 and considers what the UK could learn from it.
Creative & Cultural Skills is delighted to announce that the first cohort of young people on the Cultural Ambition project have now begun their traineeships.
Wac Arts have seen first-hand the incredible impact that technology can make on the lives of disabled young people. They’ve since launched the creative toolkit ‘The Wonder Pod’ in an effort to reach as many people as possible.
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.
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.
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