Work gets underway on the Creative Careers Programme

 17 April 2019

Creative & Cultural Skills has announced the appointment of Bonnie Smith and Joanne Rumney, who will work on the Creative Careers Programme (CCP).

The programme aims to reach around two million young people by 2020
The programme aims to reach around two million young people by 2020

Creative & Cultural Skills is a lead partner in the project and will deliver it alongside ScreenSkills and the Creative Industries Federation. Careers and Enterprise Company and Speakers for Schools are also working on the project.

Bonnie Smith takes on the role of CCP Communications Manager while Joanne Rumney is the new Project Administrator.

Bonnie has worked in arts marketing for over ten years where she’s created and delivered communications strategies for festivals, producing theatres, tours, engagement programmes, She has worked on various multiple-partner projects and co-productions, including LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre), Unicorn Theatre and Assembly Festival (Edinburgh Fringe).

Joanne has worked in the Higher Education Sector for the past 16 years, including funded projects for the past four years, working with multiple partners whilst reporting to funding councils. Her experience includes employment with the University of Sydney for nine years, working with elite students and, most recently, working with disadvantaged groups facing barriers to employment.

The CCP is a brilliant opportunity for the sector to raise awareness of the wide variety of roles available across the creative economy

Bonnie says "The CCP is a brilliant opportunity for the sector to raise awareness of the wide variety of roles available across the creative economy – the UK’s fastest growing sector. By inspiring and informing around two million young people from all backgrounds and encouraging them into creative careers through access to better advice, CCP aims to ensure that there is a larger and more diverse intake of young people into the sector."

Sara Whybrew, Creative & Cultural Skills Programme Director, says "We’re thrilled to have Bonnie and Joanne joining our team of Partnership Managers to support Creative & Cultural Skills’ work on the CCP. They will be working on Discover! Creative Careers Week, the strand of the CCP that looks to encourage hundreds of employers across the creative industries to open their doors for a day to help young people learn about the real jobs in the sector from those that do them. They will also be supporting the team to roll out training to Enterprise Coordinators to ensure every mainstream school considers the creative industries in their respective careers plans."


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