Students explore jobs in screen during Discover! Creative Careers Week

2019 Teen Tech

More than 70 events involving 90 organisations in the screen industries will see thousands of school pupils explore the range of jobs available in screen, from animating Peppa Pig to creating a launch campaign for a blockbuster film, as part of a giant creative careers initiative next week.

Broadcasters, indies, studios, post-production facilities and VFX, animation and video games companies will be among those welcoming an anticipated 6,700 students as part of Discover! Creative Careers Week from 18 to 22 November.

Discover! is designed to be the focal point of the DCMS-backed Creative Careers Programme being delivered by the screen skills body ScreenSkills in partnership with Creative & Cultural Skills, and the Creative Industries Federation.

Young people aged 11+ will get the chance to visit famous studios such as Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, home to Harry Potter, Pinewood, home to James Bond, Three Mills, where shows such as MasterChef are made, and Elstree, which has hosted productions including The Crown and Strictly Come Dancing.

BBC will host BBC Young Reporters events at Salford, Birmingham, Bristol where young people get to inform a real audience about the stories that matter to them as well as allowing young people to broadcast on BBC Three Counties Radio in Dunstable, Bedfordshire.

Channel 4 is also opening its offices in locations including Leeds, London and Manchester to showcase a range of roles including film financing, their internal ad agency, programme-making and commissioning.

Sky is inviting secondary school students to join their journalism insight day to discover what life is like in the newsroom with journalists including sports reporters on hand to answer questions.

Gaston’s Cave, the animators behind Peppa Pig, will show how the hit show is made while other behind-the-scenes visits will take dozens of youngsters into the heart of VFX, post-production and film and television marketing in Soho at companies including Framestore, Molinare and The Farm.

Feref, the agency that created ScreenSkills’ Find Your Future campaign, is joining forces with Sony Pictures and MPC to offer young people a chance to create their own launch campaign for a blockbuster movie.

Other companies taking part include ITV, All3Media, Lionsgate, Viacom, The Garden, Blue Zoo animation studio, Digital Orchard Group, Radio Centre, Bauer Academy, Confetti Media in Nottingham, HOME in Manchester and Showroom cinema in Sheffield as well as the National Film and Television School, BFI and the children’s film education charity Into Film.

Video and interactive games will be represented by Ubisoft, SEGA and the National Videogame Museum in Sheffield.

The aim is to excite and inspire young people to discover the range of jobs available including many they may not have heard of before with screen industries opening their doors alongside events showcasing sectors from advertising to publishing and museums to theatres. In total, it is anticipated up to 30,000 young people will make visits to more than 500 companies and organisations across England.

Seetha Kumar, ScreenSkills chief executive, said: “We are all committed to developing a more inclusive industry and the starting point is inspiring young people and informing them about the wide range of jobs available, including many they might not have heard of before.

“We are very proud to be working with our partners to deliver this hugely ambitious programme that will see thousands of young people experience our sector first-hand.”

Discover! is part of 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 programme is informing young people directly about the opportunities through 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 kickstarted 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.

The ambition is to help secure the skills pipeline for the creative industries which are the fastest growing sector of the UK economy. The Creative Industries Council has estimated that there are more than 77,000 positions in the sector currently vacant or requiring better skills.

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