Phase 1 Improve awareness in schools, young people and parents of the possible career roles in the Creative Industries and the possible pathways towards them Launch events for Heads, Sixth Form and Careers Leads, Young People and parents with industry professionals. Launch of website with associated social media marketing to support the live events and share more widely within the county Phase 2 Develop and implement in-school creative enterprise days and summer courses to connect young people with the industry and raise awareness of opportunities Resources and tools added to website with industry 'talking heads' and skills search tools Phase 3 Develop concrete pathways, including apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships, into these industries for young people with the right skills and commitment. Action Group developed for Creative Apprenticeships, industry placements etc. Hosted digital opportunities forum for industries and young people and regular local networking events.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Creative Industries provide 1 in every 11 jobs in this country and are a significant part of the Bucks landscape They generate 9% of GDP and export skills and products globally. Most secondary schools, teachers and pupils alike don't know what the huge range jobs in this sector are and don't know how to find out about them. They don't have the resources, capacity or access to the industry to allow them to develop this understanding. Many creative industry companies and professionals are concerned about where their pipeline of creative, digital talent is coming from. Formal high-level pathways, such as apprenticeships, are underdeveloped in this sector. Young people need and deserve every possible opportunity to be successful and happy in the sector that's right for them. This initiative will create strong, useful and lasting connections that will benefit young people, schools, the industry. and local communities and economies, whilst linking to national programmes in development
Steps to get it done:
This programme is partnership-led and has current commitments from Secondary Schools, Further and Higher Education providers, Industry partners, Local Enterprise Partnership and others. All the development (website construction, video content, software development, schools liaison) will be undertaken by local creative companies and Bucks Music Trust. Whilst there are national programmes being developed of a similar nature, we believe that a focus on a local, face to face approach supported by digital tools that link to those national developments will serve the children, families and companies of Bucks more effectively and directly.
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