A new ‘one-stop shop’ website to help young people discover careers in the creative industries has been launched.
Discover Creative Careers aims to help students, parents and teachers find out more about roles in areas including performing arts, film and television, fashion, museums and galleries, advertising and architecture.
The initiative forms part of the Creative Careers Programme, which aims to inform teenagers of the variety of jobs in the sector.
This is being delivered by industry-led screen organisation ScreenSkills, young people’s charity Creative and Cultural Skills and the Creative Industries Federation, supported by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports as part of the government’s industrial strategy.
The lead partners have worked with organisations covering the subsections of the creative industries to deliver the website. These include The Stage’s theatre careers resource Get Into Theatre.
By filtering searches according to individual interests, Discover Creative Careers produces a personalised selection of potential roles.
It then directs young people to job descriptions, work experience opportunities and case studies on the partner websites.
There is also a section of the site which provides teachers, careers advisors and educators with up-to-date statistics on creative careers, lesson resources and an address book of useful organisations.
ScreenSkills chief executive Seetha Kumar said: “Having a single point of entry for young people to explore the jobs available – many of which they may never have heard of – is a crucial first step in securing the skills pipeline.”
Alan Bishop, chief executive of the Creative Industries Federation, added: “Talented and creative young people can be found everywhere, but the information and opportunities that they need to embark on a career in the creative industries can be more limited.
“This is wrong, and it is critical that we work together as a sector to ensure that young people from all backgrounds are easily able to access the information they need.”