National Skills Academy leadership colleges meet at national summit

 23 October 2019

Representatives from the leaderships colleges of the National Skills Academy are meeting in London on 24 – 25 October to set the direction of travel for the network in the year ahead.

Last year's signature project for National Skills Academy leadership colleges was Make Art Not War, run in collaboration with 14-18 NOW. Photo credit: Owen Harvey
Last year's signature project for National Skills Academy leadership colleges was Make Art Not War, run in collaboration with 14-18 NOW. Photo credit: Owen Harvey

Our National Skills Academy is made up of a network of FE colleges from across England, Northern Ireland and Wales that recognise the significance of the creative and cultural industries to the UK economy. The leadership colleges go the extra mile to ensure the continued growth of the sector by shaping the skills development needed to sustain it.

In a meeting on 24 – 25 October hosted by Southwark College, London, representatives from each of the colleges will have the opportunity to plan and set goals for the year ahead.

Facilitated by Creative & Cultural Skills’ leadership team and representatives from industry, the group will consider current skills gaps across the cultural sector and how FE can help to bridge those gaps; they will explore Arts Council England’s report on diversity in the sector, and the inequality which remains; and they will workshop ideas about how to develop the creative curriculum in response to growing markets.

Programme Director, Robert West, said, “The national summit is an important date in our annual programme of activity for the National Skills Academy. Bringing together key staff members from our leadership colleges is a chance to reflect on the previous year’s successes and explore new opportunities for the year. I am particularly delighted that this year’s summit will offer a chance to introduce our newest members of the leadership group, Sandwell College.”

For more information on the National Skills Academy and how to join, visit the NSA homepage.


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