Campaign updates

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

Let's get Standards right for our industry.

Review of National Occupational Standards - online consultation

Sara Graham, 15 January 2018

Creative & Cultural Skills is reviewing the National Occupational Standards for a range of occupations in the sector. These Standards underpin the current related Apprenticeships which are used within our industry as well as informing further and higher education.

Moving on after an apprenticeship

Sarah Wingett , 7 December 2017

In 2014 I joined Creative & Cultural Skills as a Level 3 Business and Administration apprentice. Now, through my career progression, I’m off to start my new role in marketing. Here’s my advice to apprentices and organisations on how to make apprenticeships work and how to finish them together successfully.

How has 2017 fared?

Sara Whybrew, 7 December 2017

Apprenticeship Service Director, Sara Whybrew takes a look back at 2017: a very interesting year for the world of skills.

What are you getting wrong with entry-level recruitment?

Huw Morgan, 20 July 2017

A job advert from a London Fringe Theatre Company looking for an office administrator for £15,000p.a. sparked outrage on Twitter this week. The advert was framed as a rant against ‘millennials’ who are no longer willing to be ‘realistic’ about jobs, hours and pay in the arts.

What does the ‘hung parliament’ mean for apprenticeships in the creative sector?

Pauline Tambling CBE, 16 June 2017

We now know the result of the June 2017 General Election. We have a ‘hung parliament’ and much more of a two-party system than we’ve seen for a number of years. Negotiations between the Conservative and Democratic Unionist Parties are already impacting on the timetable for getting the country back to work. Suddenly things feel much more uncertain than even a few weeks ago.

What could the 2017 General Election do for the UK’s creative skills gap?

Pauline Tambling CBE, 5 June 2017

This is the first UK General Election in a while when there has been some recognition of the need to address the UK’s skills gap. Manifestos always address school and university policy but the assumption has seemed to be that there are not many votes in Further Education and Skills. It has taken the major disruptor that is Brexit to change this.

How can an organisation benefit from an intern?

Sarah Wingett , 2 June 2017

With funding from the Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme, Stendhal Festival were able to hire two interns. Find out how having them on board benefited and helped grow their organisation.

Gemma and Henry with their awards. Credit: Amersham & Wycombe College

Student Success at Youth Awards

Buckinghamshire College Group, 31 March 2017

Four students from Amersham & Wycombe College were recognised for their efforts at the Chiltern District Council’s Youth Awards 2017 which took place at Kings Church, Amersham on Thursday 16 March.

Building a Creative Nation in China

Robert West, 9 March 2017

In January 2017, our Programme Director Rob West went to China to join a week of creative industry cross-cultural discussion and ideas sharing, as part of the Sino-UK Global Screen Industry Education and Skills Collaboration Programme. Now he's back home, these are his views on how we can develop our creative links with China.

World-first in apprenticeship technology

Highbury College, 8 March 2017

Highbury College is working in partnership with an innovative tech start-up to launch a world-first in apprenticeship jobs board technology.

Join leaders in the creative industry in debate

Why you need to be at our conference on March 2nd!

Pauline Tambling CBE, 7 February 2017

At our 2nd March National Conference we’ll give you the latest information about the major changes to impact our creative sector. We’ll also involve you in workshops where we can collectively share views, opinions, examples and fears.

Havering College is turning 70

Havering College of Further and Higher Education, 3 February 2017

Havering College is preparing to celebrate its 70th birthday this Summer and we want you to be involved.

Help Musicians NI and Creative & Cultural Skills

Sara Graham, 9 January 2017

This new collaboration aims to build the confidence and skills of young unemployed people in Northern Ireland who are interested in a career in the music industry.

Marie-Therese McGivern, Principal and CEO of Belfast Metropolitan College has established Belfast Met as a Leadership College.

Belfast Metropolitan as a Leadership College

Sara Graham, 13 December 2016

In July 2012 we invited Northern Ireland colleges to share in the work of our National Skills Academy. Marie-Therese McGivern, Principal and CEO of Belfast Metropolitan College accepted the challenge and has since established Belfast Met as a Leadership College.

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