The shortlist has been launched for the fifth annual Northern Ireland Creative & Cultural Skills Awards. Tickets are now available for this year’s awards ceremony on Thursday 5 December in Belfast Metropolitan College.
The latest updates for the creative and cultural industries
Careers opportunities in the creative industries are increasing daily with employment in the sector growing three times faster than the rest of the UK economy.
On 17th October a judging panel made up of Welsh National Opera and Cardiff Theatrical Services professionals chose Chelsea Maton as the winner of the Design Challenge 2018-19.
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.
Creative & Cultural Skills has teamed up with Welsh National Opera to deliver the 2019-20 signature project for National Skills Academy (NSA) leadership colleges. On Thursday 17 October, staff from each of the colleges will meet in Cardiff to learn more about the project, and the relevance it has for skills development in the sector.
The Wales Creative & Cultural Skills Awards will celebrate the exceptional work being carried out to develop learning and skills in the creative and cultural sector, ensuring the next generation have the skills they need so that the sector continues to thrive.
Last year Creative & Cultural Skills worked with major cultural programme 14-18 NOW to deliver Make Art Not War, in which students in National Skills Academy FE Leadership Colleges were asked to respond to the provocation ‘What does peace mean to you?’ In the second stage of the programme all colleges UK-wide are welcome to take part.
Acclaimed artist, director and writer Neil Bartlett is, today, visiting staff and students in the Creative & Digital department of Blackburn College to speak about the college’s work on this year’s Make Art Not War live brief.
Sandwell College has become the first Further Education college in the midlands to join the National Skills Academy leadership group.
David McConnell of NI Screen, Carol Fitzsimons MBE of Young Enterprise NI, Darragh Neely of Darragh Neely Design Works and former Creative & Cultural Skills Award winner Holly Foskett of Black Box Belfast make up this year’s judging panel.
The Creative Careers Programme has launched a new one-stop-shop website to help young people discover the range of jobs in creative industries
ScreenSkills is leading a review of the National Occupational Standards for Sound Recording and Music Technology. Recording artists, producers, sound technicians and anyone else with specialism in sound technology are invited to workshops across the UK to help shape best practice.
The Northern Ireland Creative & Cultural Skills Awards is a unique, industry-led event, which celebrates the fantastic work being carried out to develop skills in the cultural sector. Nominations for the awards are open until 5pm on Friday 11 October.
Discover! Creative Careers is a week-long event launching in England this November as part of the Creative Careers Programme, which will see hundreds of employers from across the creative industries opening their doors to young people to inspire and inform the next generation of workers.
Sarah Hughes, Head of Skills Academy Wales, attended the opening of Cardiff West Community High School. Through a contract with Cardiff Council, Creative & Cultural Skills acts as a ‘Cultural Broker’ for the school, developing opportunities through the Cardiff Creative Education Partnership.
The first cohort of trainees from the Cultural Ambition project took part in a tailored employability and reflection session, led by careers adviser, Carolyn Parry from Career Alchemy.
St Fagans National Museum of History in South Wales has been named the UK’s Museum of the Year. The museum, which is also a participant in the Cultural Ambition programme, receives not only the prestigious title, but £100,000 prize money.
The National Festival of Making is a unique celebration of UK making, from the factory floor to the kitchen table. Taking place over two festival days, with long term projects running throughout the year, the National Festival of Making takes over the streets of Blackburn.
Creative & Cultural Skills has been working with partners from the industry to develop curriculum materials to support the off-the-job training offer for different apprenticeship standards. Materials are now available for the Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager and the Level 3 Museums and Galleries Technician apprenticeships.
Creative & Cultural Skills worked with Occupational Awards Limited (OAL) to develop the new ‘Creative Venue Technician’ apprenticeship standard. Six apprentices are now celebrating after successfully completing this course while working for White Light Ltd.
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