On 6 December we held the fourth Northern Ireland Creative & Cultural Skills Awards hosted by North West Regional College.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sandra Dartnell is the Creative & Cultural Skills Partnership Manager for the North West. She considers the role that access to guidance on routes to market can play in making sure that young musicians make the most of the platforms and opportunities available to them.
Last year Creative & Cultural Skills updated some National Occupational Standards in consultation with industry. Building on those outcomes, we are now undertaking a review of four Competence Based Qualifications (CBQs) in Scotland to make sure they are meeting the needs of industry and learners in Scotland.
It’s been just over a year since the Creative Employment Programme (CEP) saw its last apprentice and intern start in the sector, with support from the programme’s time-limited funding. Partnership Manager Jennie Godsalve reflects on the impact of the project and its legacy.
Creative & Cultural Skills is delighted to have in place its newly formed team of Partnership Managers, acting as our boots-on-the-ground in each region of England.
Creative & Cultural Skills is investigating how the creative and cultural sector can support teachers, tutors and universities to provide up-to-date ‘employer-endorsed’ careers advice and guidance about the creative industries.
Economic pressure and competition for funding can make it difficult for arts organisations to find the time, money and resources to deliver the results they want. But Wac Arts believes that working together is one of the best ways to overcome these hurdles.
Introduction by Pablo Lloyd, CEO, Activate Apprenticeships.
When I ask our business clients what they look for in new recruits, they tell me they are becoming less interested in qualifications and more interested in creativity and the ability to learn. Our Director of Creative Arts, Chris Hyde, illuminates this in the following article about the vanishing point.
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