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.



Low pay for apprenticeships make them inaccessible to many.

Who can afford to do an apprenticeship?

Madeleine Lund , 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

Chris Strong , 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

Sarah Laverty , 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

Melanie Shee , 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.


Students from band My Only Solution taking part in the Record and Release pilot. Image Credit: FutureSkills at MediaCityUK

Record and Release - developing young musicians

Sandra Dartnell , 18 July 2018

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.



Kate Townley and Sam Jenkins benefited from positions funded by the CEP

Creative Employment Programme – Springboard to success

Jennie Godsalve , 25 June 2018

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.




“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” Helen Keller

Collaboration is the way forward in performing arts

Wac Arts , 4 May 2018

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.


Basic design and technology education is crucial

Vanishing Point

Chris Hyde , 6 April 2018

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.


Theatre training has different needs to other university subjects

The plight of some major drama schools

Philip Hedley , 5 April 2018

Philip Hedley CBE, Director Emeritus Theatre Royal Stratford East (1979-2004) and Theatre Consultant, shares his thoughts about how the merging of universities and drama schools has impacted the industry.


Image credit: @tomoxleyphoto

We must harness the positive of technological change

Tom Watson , 26 March 2018

Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, shares his thoughts about supporting the creative industries and education.


The success of the live music industry depends on grassroots venues

Glen Rowe , 20 March 2018

Glen Rowe, Managing Director of the Backstage Academy and winner of the Creative & Cultural Music Skills Award 2016, writes about the need for a revival of local music venues across the country. Without it, the industry may fail to continue the success it enjoys today.



Do we really understand diversity?

The future workforce, diversity and social mobility

Melanie Abrahams , 12 March 2018

Do we ever question what we mean by diversity? Do we feel that ‘we know it when we see it’. What about diversity that we can’t see? Melanie Abrahams, founder and Creative Director of Renaissance One and Tilt, considers what real diversity looks like.


Blog archive

2018 (30 stories)
2017 (16 stories)
2016 (31 stories)
2015 (36 stories)
2014 (31 stories)
2013 (5 stories)

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