Introducing: Creative & Cultural Skills Partnership Managers

,  21 May 2018

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.

Our Partnership Managers will be working across all of our programmes of work. They’ll be encouraging greater join-up between education and industry, increasing engagement with apprenticeships and our National Skills Academy, as well as promoting best practice approaches to recruitment. All of this work is aimed at aiding improved workforce diversity. 

Our Partnership Managers are available to support local level skills initiatives and as such will work to build strategic partnerships with Local Enterprise Partnerships, Local Authorities, training providers and creative industries employers.

Jennie Godsalve - Partnership Manager, London

Jennie.godsalve@ccskills.org.uk

@jennie_godsalve

I joined Creative & Cultural Skills in 2008 as an engagement advisor. When I first started, the creative industry had no formal apprenticeship frameworks. The industry had little experience of working with young people in apprenticeship positions in partnership with the further education sector.

My role consisted of engaging employers across the country to get them to understand apprenticeships and discuss how they could embed them into their recruitment culture. This would help them offer an industry focused entry level career path that was open and accessible for all.

As part of this I have been proud to work on our flagship Creative Employment Programme, giving grants to employers to help them create new entry level roles.

Fast forward ten years and my role as a Partnership Manager now involves working with an industry that has embraced apprenticeships. Over 7,000 young people have been employed in apprenticeship roles.

We will continue to find those passionate people who are the future leaders of tomorrow.

But it still needs help navigating all the changes in the apprenticeship world, including new standards and the levy that has been introduced. Changes in the world of further education also mean that my engagement and partnership role has to take all of this into consideration. These relationships need to be developed and nurtured as part of our National Skills Academy development.

I am dedicated to helping the creative sector thrive and firmly believe that by continuing to develop new talent pathways and partnerships with like-minded employers and training providers we will continue to find those passionate people who are the future leaders of tomorrow.

If you are based in London and would like to be part of this then please do get in touch with me and I am happy to come out to you to discuss how we can support you.

Madeleine Lund - Partnership Manager, Yorkshire & the Humber

madeleine.lund@ccskills.org.uk  

I started life with Creative & Cultural Skills in 2010 as Apprenticeships Manager. I worked closely with our employer network and Education Partners to offer Creative Apprenticeships for the first time. In 2013 I moved into the role of Head of Grant Management for the Creative Employment Programme, managing hundreds of key relationships, and I also led on the Creative Skills Initiative.

In August I will start in my new role as a Partnership Manager for Yorkshire & the Humber. We already have some well-established relationships in Yorkshire & the Humber, including with Bradford College who are part of our National Skills Academy, and I am looking forward to developing these relationships.

I am passionate about changing the traditional recruitment culture of our sector

I am passionate about changing the traditional recruitment culture of our sector and finding ways to open-up entry routes for all young people regardless of background or academic achievement. Some of the ways I believe we can achieve this are:

  • Offering support to creative and cultural organisations to understand the new apprenticeship reforms, navigate the levy, and to create new apprenticeship opportunities where possible.
  • Increasing the number of education partners within our National Skills Academy network in Yorkshire & the Humber and working with them to develop unique, industry endorsed apprenticeship training offers that respond to sector demand.
  • Developing relationships with The Careers & Enterprise Company to improve the sector-specific information, advice and guidance that is provided. Also ensuring wide reach across the region so that all young people in Yorkshire & the Humber are aware of the opportunities that are out there.

If you are a creative and cultural employer, local enterprise partnership, local authority, education provider or key industry stakeholder based in Yorkshire & the Humber, please do get in touch.

Melanie Shee -  Partnership Manager, North East

Melanie.shee@ccskills.org.uk

@SheesCreative

For the last four years I’ve had a portfolio career working as a freelance Skills Academy Manager at Creative & Cultural Skills, an apprenticeship assessor in Community Arts Management in Northern England and Scotland, and an educator and trainer in the sector.  

I am thrilled to be able to build on the work I have undertaken in the region in the last few years. However, I acknowledge there is a long way to go.

I have seen first-hand the incredible skills, knowledge and enthusiasm apprentices can bring to an organisation.

Whilst the arts and cultural sector continues to grow in the region there has been very little growth in the number of apprenticeships across the region's workforce. This means we are failing to open up diverse entry routes into our sector, and in turn risk making our workforce inaccessible to a much wider pool of talent.

Our sector still favours entry from those who have followed more academic routes to work, even when academia may not always be a necessary prerequisite. 

I want to help employers understand the benefits of apprenticeships, as I have seen first-hand the incredible skills, knowledge and enthusiasm apprentices can bring to an organisation.

I’ll be on hand to support employers across the North East to make sense of the Government's apprenticeship reforms. I also want to help training providers and young people better understand the plethora of occupations that exist across our sector and the different ways in which people can train for these.

Ruth Richardson - Partnership Manager, Midlands

Ruth.Richardson@ccskills.org.uk

@RuthRichardson0

I began work as Creative & Cultural Skills Partnership Manager for the Midlands in April 2018. I was fortunate enough to have an existing link with Creative & Cultural Skills as I have been delivering an interim role as Midlands Skills Academy Manager for a few months.

I have also previously employed apprentices and paid interns linked to the Creative Employment Programme and a consortium partnership with the brilliant Birmingham based Creative Alliance.

I am delighted to join the team and hope I can bring my experience of working in arts, heritage, library, local authority and education settings to help to build a strong network, membership and programme in the Midlands.

I look forward to building on our partnership with member colleges Wolverhampton and BMet and to welcoming more Further Education and Higher Education settings and other training providers to the newly revised membership programme; offering exclusive opportunities for member settings staff and students.

I also would love to connect with creative employers and strategic leads out there and help support Midlands based young workforce development activity.

Please do get in touch if you would like to share your thoughts, ideas and opportunities.

Please do get in touch if you would like to share your thoughts, ideas and opportunities. I’d love to see a greater Midlands contribution to the Creative Choices website.

This is where you can share your own career development experiences and training, development and employment opportunities available to young people / young adults and beyond.

It’s a great platform for young people to access creative careers advice and is a brilliant place for anyone working towards achieving an Arts Award as part of exploring career pathways.

If you would like to begin a conversation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Sam Hawkins – Partnership Manager South East and East

Sam.hawkins@ccskills.org.uk

I joined Creative & Cultural Skills at the start of May 2018 as the Partnership Manager for The East and South East.

I have worked for 19 years in the performing arts as a promoter and producer, in development and as a festival director. Since 2013 I have been working in Brighton and across Sussex on training and work-based-learning programmes for young people in the creative industries.

In particular I’ve been working on developing paid internships, apprenticeships and enterprise-driven study programmes. These have included student directed projects with Brighton Fringe and The Great Escape Festival.

I am passionate about broadening the access young people from all backgrounds have to of working in the creative sector. I am excited about bringing together businesses and industry with young people to innovate and strengthen the skills training happening throughout the region.

I am always so proud to see what energy and commitment the arts and cultural professionals have for mentoring and developing young people and it’s a privilege to join Creative & Cultural Skills to work to nurture and harness it.

I am passionate about broadening the access young people from all backgrounds have to of working in the creative sector.

I am really looking forward to working closely with our nine partner members in the region. I am excited to get creative clusters of employers working with education and the community to support young people, develop skills and build a resilient network that works for our regions.

My network runs from Suffolk in the East to Buckinghamshire and Southampton in the West and everywhere outside the London Boroughs in between.

Please get in touch if you have any ideas or opportunities, or if you are looking to develop them. If you are a creative organisation that is looking to develop staff and capacity, and need introductions or advice, drop me a line.

It would be particularly good to develop cultural opportunities in more rural areas, so I’m especially keen to talk to people outside the cities. If you are launching a course or programme or event, do get in touch and I can help it reach an audience - if it’s related to being creative, being inclusive and being better I’d love to hear about it.

Sandra Dartnell - Partnership Manager, North West

Sandra.Dartnell@ccskills.org.uk

@SandraDartnell

I am the Creative & Cultural Skills Partnership Manager for the North West. It’s a new role for me and for the organisation.

For over 12 years I worked in design management, running sophisticated design and communication projects at leading interactive and graphic design agencies.

Since 2013 I have been helping commercial, not-for-profit and local authority clients solve business and communication challenges by providing customer-focused services.  I have used the Creative Choices website myself to assist clients in writing and advertising entry-level creative roles. I’ve also delivered talks and workshops for councils, Creative Clusters and Growth Hubs on subjects from community assets, to mental health, to the complete customer journey.

I relocated to the North West with my family in 2017, but I have been visiting – and dreaming of a move North - for the last ten years!

I’m really looking forward to working with creative and cultural employers, education providers and skills stakeholders across the North West.

I’m really looking forward to working with creative and cultural employers, education providers and skills stakeholders across the North West.

I hope to establish great communication and understanding of the employer-led needs of the sector, and to create strong relationships and strategies. I hope these will lead to opportunities for young people of all background to obtain the skills they need for entry-level employment and thriving creative and cultural careers.

I look forward to building on our long-standing partnership with National Skills Academy member college Salford City College and to welcoming more further and higher education settings and other training providers to the newly revised membership programme. This network offers exclusive opportunities for member settings staff and students.

Talk to me about the National Skills Academy members and membership, apprenticeships, work-placed learning opportunities and the skills needs of creative and cultural employers in the North West. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch!


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