Developing skills, securing employment

Creative skills are vital to every sector of the economy.

The Mighty Creatives manage both projects which enable young people to develop the skills and confidence to take into creative employment and initiatives which provide fairer access to these opportunities.

Creative and cultural industries alone are worth around £84bn to the economy and employ almost 3 million people - which represents almost 1 in 10 of all jobs. It is the fastest growing sector in the economy. Between now and 2020 that value and these numbers will grow but the sector remains one with significant barriers to entry to non-graduates.

There is a Cultural Employment Challenge to match the Cultural Education Challenge. We are trying to meet both.

Developing Skills

Developing creative skills should be core to every child’s and young person's development & education.

  • Arts Award, especially at Silver or Gold level equip young people to work creatively and collaboratively developing key critical thinking and team building skills;
  • Social Action Projects, give young people's the chance to develop their creative agency to tackle social issues within their own community;
  • Emerge Festivals - young people develop their writing, performing, promotional, design and planning skills as they lead on the development of their own content for festivals;
  • Emerge Young Artist Programme - each receive a paid commission to direct our Emerge Festivals, these talented young artists develop their own artistic, collaborative and teaching practice supported by a training and mentoring programme.

Securing Employment

  • We help young people set up their own creative businesses. We provide development support for young people wishing to start up their own creative enterprise. Our Emerge Creative Enterprise programme, supported by The RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund and due to start in April 2017, aims to enable young people’s interest, perhaps stimulated by our social action and festival programmes, to develop a viable creative enterprise or path forward into a career.
  • The Bank of TMC offered young entrepreneurs (16 – 25) mentoring, workshops and business coaching services, as well as a portfolio of micro finance investments. We supported
    • over 300 young people to create new jobs and new enterprise start-ups
    • almost 100 existing businesses to improve how they delivered services to children and young people.
    • the generation 35 new jobs and set up of 10 new business, including Moving Together pictured above
  • We have supported training and development opportunities into creative employment We have secured quality work placements and learning opportunities via programmes such as the Creative Skills Initiative and applied our learning and experience to support employers take on a apprentice with this practical guide

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