25th September 2019
A one-stop-shop website to help young people discover the range of jobs available across all the creative industries is now live.
DiscoverCreative.Careers is designed to help students and their parents, guardians and teachers find out more about careers from advertising to the performing arts and publishing - and the routes to them.
ScreenSkills has led on developing the new site and has been working with screen industry professionals on providing information about film, television, VFX, animation and games.
The creative industries are growing three times faster than the UK economy as a whole and to meet the predicted growth, there is a need for more young people to choose a career in one of the UK’s most dynamic sectors. The new site will signpost users to the full range of jobs available to counter an historic dearth of good careers information for the creative sector.
The initiative is part of the Creative Careers Programme, being delivered by ScreenSkills, Creative & Cultural Skills and the Creative Industries Federation and supported by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports as part of the Government’s industrial strategy. The lead partners have worked with organisations covering the 12 sub-sectors of the creative industries to provide expert information on the range of jobs.
Having a single point of entry for young people to explore the jobs available - many of which they may never have heard of - is a crucial first step in securing the skills pipeline.Seetha Kumar, ScreenSkills CEO
By filtering searches according to individual interests, the website produces a personalised selection of potential roles. It then directs young people to job descriptions and case studies on the websites of the expert partners in the initiative and to live opportunities for work experience or workplace visits where available.
Young people can save their unique results page, personalised to their own interests and talents, as their own learning resource.
A dedicated part of the site provides teachers, careers advisors and educators with up-to-date statistics on creative careers, lesson resources and an address book of useful organisations.
Employers are also encouraged to get involved by promoting opportunities for events or work experience and showcase the experiences of young people visiting creative businesses to inspire others.
The soft launch this week will be followed by further development work in response to the user experience of students, parents, teachers and careers advisers in the coming months.
Aimee Higgins, Director of Employers & Partnerships, The Careers & Enterprise Company, said: “DiscoverCreative.Careers is a fantastic resource for young people, parents and teachers to better understand the opportunities that the creative industries have to offer and forms part of a broader programme of activity with employers that will bring this information to life.
“We are delighted to be supporting the industry to make these resources and activities available to schools, colleges and young people across England. We hope young people from all backgrounds are inspired to explore the exciting opportunities that the creative industries have to offer.”
Seetha Kumar, ScreenSkills CEO, said: “The screen industries, like the rest of the creative sector, are keen to find and develop the next generation of talent needed to keep the UK a global leader.
“Having a single point of entry for young people to explore the jobs available, many of which they may never have heard of, is a crucial first step in securing the skills pipeline. We have revamped all the job profiles on our ScreenSkills website over the last year and partners have done likewise to make sure there is up-to-date information available on all the career options.”
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