ScreenSkills is a partner on a new project funded by the Welsh government to inspire young people from a greater diversity of backgrounds to a career in screen or other creative industries.
Digital Discover! Creative Careers Week will run from 23 to 27 November to support young people in Wales to learn about real jobs from those that do them, shining a light on the wide range of skills the sector needs and inspiring the next generation to consider creative careers available to them.
Throughout the week, young people will get to hear from a range of industry specialists about their careers journey with online resources that will continue to be accessible after the week itself on the discovercreative.careers website which ScreenSkills has led on delivering.
Digital Discover! is part of the Creative Careers Programme Cymru which follows the success of the Creative Careers Programme in England, which launched in 2019 and delivered over 1,000 hands-on experiences and introduced more than 90,000 young people to the range of job roles the cultural sector. The programme in England is continuing with its own Digital Discover! Week in early 2021.
Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas, said: “Skills has been identified as a priority for Creative Wales. As a fast-paced growing industry in Wales, it is important that we are able to meet the increased demand for a skilled workforce across the breadth of the creative industries sector.”
ScreenSkills’ Chief Executive Seetha Kumar, said: “As the industry-led skills body for UK screen, we are really pleased to be working with our colleagues in Wales to help inform and inspire the next generation of talent about the opportunities in film and television, visual effects, animation and games. It is important to open up the sector to a greater diversity of talent and this programme will contribute to achieving that aim.”
Ffilm Cymru’s Chief Executive Pauline Burt, said: “This is about raising awareness of the wide range of jobs in the sector; the transferable skills that are relevant and the routes into and through the sector.”
Funded by Welsh Government as part of Creative Wales, the Creative Careers Programme Cymru / Rhaglen Gyrfaoedd Creadigol Cymru (CCP Cymru) is led by Creative & Cultural Skills in partnership with Arts Council of Wales, Ffilm Cymru, ScreenSkills and Trac Cymru.