Discover! Creative Careers Week has been backed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in England through the Creative Careers Programme and is designed to find and encourage new, diverse talent for the country’s booming creative industries. Statistics show, the creative industries are one of the country’s fastest growing business sectors, growing at twice the national rate, and now accounts for more than 6% of all jobs in the UK according to new government data.
The nationwide programme of events runs from 18th to 22nd November, and is designed to showcase the broad spectrum of careers to be pursued in the creative industries, opening students’ eyes to industries and jobs they may not have known about or considered.
During the week, young people will get to learn about animation with the creators of Peppa Pig, go back stage at the National Theatre, use interactive 3D computer modelling with XSite Architecture in Newcastle, explore individual career paths by interviewing the team at Tate Liverpool, get a taste of the world of publishing with Hachette, and understand how a film is promoted and distributed with Sony. From fashion design with Burberry in Yorkshire to game design with SEGA in the South West, and more than 20 National Trust properties up and down the country taking part, students from schools across England will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experiences in job roles that many haven’t even heard of.
A spokeswoman for the Creative Careers Programme delivery partners: Creative & Cultural Skills, ScreenSkills and the Creative Industries Federation said: “Giving young people an insight into the many jobs available across the creative industries is invaluable because we know that there are many roles that people have no idea exist. It is difficult to contemplate a career you don’t even know about. We are immeasurably grateful to all those companies and organisations who have taken the time and effort to open young people’s eyes to the opportunities and are inspiring the next generation of talent.”
An estimated thirty thousand young people aged 11+ are expected to make visits with their schools and colleges to creative businesses during the week as part of Discover! Creative Careers Week from 18-22 November 2019. Employers opening their doors range from advertising agencies, film studios, theatres, architect practices, museums, heritage properties, libraries, design studios and many more with events taking place in all regions across England.
The venture will be launched at a series of events at the start of the week: on the morning of 18th November at Birmingham Museums Trust, followed by an evening event at Feref in London, and on Tuesday 19th at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.
For more information about the initiative, visit the Creative and Cultural Skills website.