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Discover! Creative Careers

Updated: Jan 9

A taste of what happened around the country during Creative Careers week


Creative Careers is an initiative by the UK creative industries to make it easier for young people to find careers in the creative industries.

In November 2019, our friends at a number of cultural organisations offered groups of local school students an opportunity to find out what goes on behind the scenes and what it would be like to work in our sector.


We were taking part in a new project, Discover! Creative Careers, which involved over 500 organisations welcoming over 30,000 students around the country.


Here in York, we want to make Discover! bigger and better next year. Once more we will be working with REACH, the Cultural Education Partnership, to get schools briefed and ready to take part.


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More About the Creative Careers Programme (CPI)


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. This growth shows no signs of slowing down, yet many young people and those that support their career choices aren’t aware of the breadth of roles and vast areas of work available – we want to change that.


The Creative Careers Programme (CCP) exists to inform and inspire young people about careers that they may have never even heard of, and the skills and qualifications they need to succeed in those careers when they leave school.


Through a programme of practical activities and resources, the CCP will inform young people directly about the opportunities in this world-leading sector through meaningful encounters with industry professionals, online tools, training and support for teachers, parents, guardians and careers professionals, support for employers and more.


The programme has been kick-started with funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and has been shaped and supported directly by creative businesses, institutions, trade bodies and individuals across England. Together, we will ensure that careers in the creative economy are more accessible to a wider range of people and that we maximise the creative talent of the next generation.


Current activities include:


- Working with Speakers For Schools we’ve signed up over 150 new senior sector leaders from across the creative industries who have so far given over 250 talks to more than 33,000 students. We’ve also supported over 60 creative organisations to sign up to host dedicated work experience opportunities with bespoke support from S4SNextGen.


- We’re working with the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) to encourage leaders from across the creative industries to become enterprise advisers for their local schools. We’re also providing regional training for the CEC’s Enterprise Coordinators that will help broaden their understanding about the creative industries and the range of occupations that exist, so they can fully support schools to develop their career plans.


- We’ve initiated the development of best practice approaches to recruitment for employers to help them better understand the steps they could be taking to attract a more diverse range of talent into the sector.


- In November 2019, we held Discover! Creative Careers Week, a brand-new England-wide initiative in which more than 500 creative employers welcome over 30,000 students into their organisations to introduce them to the workplace through various activities including interactive talks programmes, workshops and tours. We also support the delivery of similar, year-round events.