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?
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.
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.
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.
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