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 apprentice perspective

16 November 2018

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.


“Creative skills are fundamental for all of our lives

Creative Collaboration: Make Art Not War

5 November 2018

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.


Host venues shared their thoughts on why it is essential that we support new entrants to the sector

An ambitious plan to diversify heritage in Wales

18 October 2018

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.





Low pay for apprenticeships make them inaccessible to many.

Who can afford to do an apprenticeship?

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

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

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

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

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.


Get involved: Consultation on Scottish Qualifications & Modern Apprenticeships

16 July 2018

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.


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

Creative Employment Programme – Springboard to success

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.



Survey for National Portfolio Organisations - Deadline 25 May

17 May 2018

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.


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

Collaboration is the way forward in performing 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

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

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.


Blog archive

2018 (34 stories)
2017 (16 stories)
2016 (31 stories)
2015 (36 stories)
2014 (31 stories)
2013 (5 stories)

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