Today we see the launch of Discover! Creative Careers (Scotland), a virtual initiative designed to shine a spotlight on the Creative and Cultural Industries in Scotland.
Discover! originally launched as part of Creative & Cultural Skills' (CCSkills) Creative Careers Programme in 2019, an integrated industry-led programme working to ensure there is a larger and more diverse intake of talent via a broader range of routes into the creative industries.
The 2021 Discover! Creative Careers Scotland pilot programme is being delivered in partnership by CCSkills, Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) and Historic Environment Scotland (HES). It’s being supported in-kind by industry leaders including Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIFA), CILIP Scotland, Creative Carbon Scotland, Creative Edinburgh, Glasgow Life, Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS), National Museums Scotland (NMS), National Trust for Scotland, Skills Development Scotland (SDS), Scottish Crannog Centre, Sophie Gets Social and Travelling Gallery, among others.
Taking place shortly after UN Climate Change Conference, Glasgow (COP26), Discover! Creative Careers Scotland also features content that focuses on new skills, job roles and opportunities in the creative and cultural industries to help tackle our climate crisis.
The online programme gives insight into a range of job roles and sectors through lesson plans, online profiles, panel discussions and resources. Through DYW's 21 regional groups based across Scotland, it aims to reach over 350 secondary schools and target young people in S2-S6, aged 12-18. In many regions it is being supported by in-person employer/education partnership activity.
“HES are delighted to be partnering with DYW and CCSkills and the many creative and cultural organisations involved to develop Discover! Creative Careers national careers week. Continuing to engage young people with their heritage is a core priority for HES and this programme allows us to further highlight the diverse careers and career pathways available across the arts and heritage sectors.”
“Young people, their educators and their parents really benefit from hearing from individuals who work within industry. This kind of insight supports them to position their studies, think about their options and choices and ultimately make informed decisions on their next steps, so Discover! Creative Careers Scotland is an invaluable resource for raising awareness of the creative and cultural industries. We hope more businesses from within the sector will join us to share their own insight, and ultimately support the Young Person’s Guarantee, during this launch week.”
To discuss how you can get involved with DYW Forth Valley to promote your industry and support young people to make informed choices on their future pathways, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Following on from another successful year, Young Enterprise Scotland's Company Programme is set to run again in Forth Valley schools for 2018/19. YES Forth Valley are keen to see as many schools take part, and would be happy to talk to new schools about joining the programme for their S5/6 pupils.
Each school is paired up with a business adviser to help give guidance and support from September - March, with a minimum commitment of one hour every fortnight to meet with the teams, although many advisers choose to meet weekly.
We have multiple openings for businesses to get involved as advisers, and would be keen to speak with anyone who could help support the programme in Forth Valley.
If you, or someone you know would like to support this programme, please contact DYW Forth Valley in the first instance.