2m teenagers to get new creative careers chance

A new programme devised by creative industries leaders is aimed at giving career chances to 2m youngsters.

Launched today (March 13), the Creative Careers Programme will make up-to-date careers information available face-to-face and online to teenagers who had not considered the arts and culture as possibilities before, and train careers advisors to guide them towards appropriate roles.

Main image shows young people at a Hackathon  run at the Museum of London with there Media Trust last year to help shape the programme

The programme has been devised by ScreenSkills, Creative & Cultural Skills and the Creative Industries Federation (CIF) in partnership with the Careers and Enterprise Company and Speakers for Schools.

“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” said the CIF’s chief executive, Alan Bishop. “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.”

The programme, which it is hoped will reach more than 160,000 students through personal encounters by 2020 and 2m young people accessing information online, is part of the government’s industrial strategy. The scheme was brokered through the Creative Industries Council (CIC).

Employment opportunities in the sector are growing three times faster than across the UK economy, with 87% at low or no risk of automation. However, there are also urgent skills shortages with the CIUC estimating that there are more than 77,000 jobs in the sector vacant or needing better skills.

Openings in the screen industries in particular are becoming more abundant, said ScreenSkills CEO Seetha Kumar. “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” she said. “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.”







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