Young people to benefit from new Creative Careers Programme

Around two million young people will be able to discover the breadth of jobs on offer in the UK’s creative industries thanks to the new Creative Careers Programme.

The new Government-supported initiative will be delivered by ScreenSkills, Creative & Cultural Skills and the Creative Industries Federation, in partnership with the Careers & Enterprise Company and Speakers for Schools. It recognises the important role the creative industries play in the UK economy.

Many young people - and their advisors - are unware of the ways in which they could use their skills in the creative industries and that such careers are financially sustainable. As a result 90% of jobs in the creative industries are filled by people from more advantaged socio-economic groups at the moment. Yet, employment in the sector is growing three times faster than in other areas in the UK economy, the jobs face a comparatively low risk of automation and there are currently more than 77,000 vacant positions. 

The Creative Careers Programme will:

  • inspire young people aged 11-16 to discover the possible routes for pursuing careers in the creative industries and wider creative economy. This includes organising a national week in which hundreds of employers open their doors to young people
  • ensure young people aged 14-24 who are considering their career options have access to the information and advice they need. This includes providing high quality information online and training senior volunteers from the creative industries to act as advisers in schools and colleges
  • help employers to diversify their workforce and plug skills shortages by identifying the most urgently needed apprenticeship standards and fast-tracking their development.

With more than £12 million of industry in-kind support already pledged by industry, the Creative Careers Programme will mobilise organisations and individuals to work with schools and colleges to raise awareness of employment opportunities in the sector.

Creative industries professionals are being asked to get involved by:

  • Going into schools and colleges to talk to students about creative careers
  • Offering industry insight and advice to a local school or college by becoming an Enterprise Adviser
  • Inviting young people into their businesses for hands-on experience of the world of work.

Seetha Kumar, CEO of ScreenSkills, said: “Film, television and video games in the UK are already facing skills shortages reflecting the current production boom so we are very keen to explain the opportunities available. Many of these jobs are a mystery to the wider public yet provide truly exciting careers. The online careers information which is one strand of this programme will mean there is no geographical barrier to discovering our amazing sector. But we also urge employers to help us inspire the next generation by opening up their workplaces and helping share their expertise with schools and colleges in person.”

Alan Bishop, CEO of the Creative Industries Federation, said: "The success of the UK's creative industries has been built on the remarkable talents of those working in the sector. Opportunities for young people to use their creative skills are increasing every day as our sector continues to grow at a faster rate than the economy at large. We must act now to ensure that anyone, from any background, can access the information they need to discover what these opportunities are and how to pursue them. Creativity thrives through a multiplicity of different voices and perspectives, and it is the duty of all of us working in the creative industries to ensure that young people today are inspired to become part of the next generation of creative talent."

Dr Simon T Dancey, CEO of Creative & Cultural Skills, said: Creative & Cultural Skills is delighted to be working in partnership with ScreenSkills and the Creative Industries Federation to help galvanise employers so they sit at the heart of developing and delivering high quality careers information. Not only do we need to help a wider range of young people learn about the variety of occupations across the creative industries, we must also help employers think a little differently about who and how they recruit new and diverse talent to help fill skills gaps, and ensure our sector can thrive for years to come.”

Margot James MP, Minister of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said: "Our Creative Industries are one of the UK's fastest growing sectors. There are huge opportunities, and I want to see more young people from a range of backgrounds become inspired to pursue a creative career. Through our modern Industrial Strategy we are fuelling new and exciting roles for the next generation. The creative careers programme is an important milestone to help the sector become more diverse and fill the existing skills gaps."

To find out more about how to get involved with the Creative Careers Programme contact: creativecareers@ccskills.org.uk.


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