Discover Creative Careers Programme Launch 2023-2025

An insightful day at the Derby Museum of Making bringing together industry creatives putting young people at the centre of everything they do.

Discover Creative Careers Programme Launch 2023-2025

The Discover Creative Careers Programme Launch at the Derby Museum of Making was a day where professionals in the industry came together and discussed how youth is and needs to continue to be the focal point of the creative industry. 

The programme helps bridge the gap between what young people are taught in schools about future career prospects and for so many young people, introduces them to the amount of career options in the creative sector. 

The launch had some wonderful expert speakers including: Tony Butler (Executive Director at Derby Museums), Seetha Kumar (CEO at ScreenSkills), Minister Julia Lopez (Minister of State for Media, Data, and Digital Infrastructure (DCMS)), Jay Blades MBE (award-winning presenter of BBC’s The Repair Shop, much loved furniture restorer and co-chair of Heritage Crafts) and Sara Whybrew (Apprenticeship and Policy Consultant at ScreenSkills).

There was also a panel discussion chaired by Sarah Gregory (Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Creative UK), Fiona Baker (Head of People & Skills at D2N2), Gareth Evans (Managing Director at Cogent), Oliver Morris (Director of Education & Skills at UK Music) and Lucy Demba (ScreenSkills Flexi-Apprentice – Broadcast Production Assistant with Lime Pictures).

Jay Blades, award-winning presenter of BBC’s The Repair Shop, much loved furniture restorer and co-chair of Heritage Crafts, shared his story about how when he was growing up the arts wasn’t something he knew could be a career path. 

61d12951f06547436acaad3737aea6e36a914a38.jpgJay Blades MBE

“In my secondary school, I was put into the ‘L’s’, which meant losers”. 

With unsupportive careers advisers who told him he would amount to nothing, it’s safe to say Jay defied all expectations. 

Although it’s been a few decades since Jay was at school and we would hope that schools career services have significantly improved, his story is still one that is shared by so many young people today. Lucy, who applied for the role she has now via the ScreenSkills website, spoke about how without it she wouldn’t have known what she was doing now, working for Lime Pictures Hollyoaks as a Broadcast Production Assistant, was possible. 

df40b2143fea158fd550ab90447ed5390a308edd.jpgSeetha Kumar

“There’s so little around you that happens without creativity.” - Seetha Kumur (CEO of ScreenSkills)

Giving young people the space and knowledge to know that there are careers in the arts and lots of organisations are working hard to engage young people is such an important cause. The arts is known for being unobtainable and hard to break into for many groups of young people but there are many jobs to be had here. 

2a3d9057a9d45aa8ac15b715268ed7f933ce6dea.jpgMinister Julia Lopez

“Too often it’s about who you know instead of allowing people from all backgrounds to join. So we really need to let young people know the right information.” - Julia Lopez (Minister of State for Media, Data, and Digital Infrastructure (DCMS)) 

The problem doesn’t just lie with the lack of knowledge available to the young people, but with the industry itself. Discover Creative Careers help encourage organisations to open their doors to students to give them first-hand work experience. Discover! Creative Careers Week returns this year from 13 – 17 November 2023, running in-person and online, their flagship event further encourages this as well as getting organisations to offer workshops, tours, talks and more. 

Registration for schools and businesses to take part will open in the spring.


Saskia Calliste

Saskia Calliste Voice Team

Saskia is the Deputy Editor of Voice and has worked on campaigns such as International Women’s Day, Black History Month, and Anti-Bullying Week. Outside of Voice, Saskia is a published author (Hairvolution) and has guest featured in various other publications (The Women Writers’ Handbook/ Cosmopolitan/ The Highlight). She has a BA in Creative Writing and Journalism and an MA in Publishing. She is a mentor for Women of the World Global, has guest lectured at the University of Roehampton and has led seminars/panel talks on Race, Equality and Diversity. She was a 2022 Guest Judge for Dave (TV Channel) in search of the 'Joke of the Fringe'. She is 27-years-old, based in London, and loves to cook and explore new places in her spare time.

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