About Discover! Creative Careers

Discover Creative Careers exists to inform and inspire young people about careers in the creative industries. It aims to showcase creative careers unknown to many and to explain what skills and qualifications they need to succeed in those careers when they leave school. 

With over £1million invested from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and additional support from Arts Council England, the 2023 - 2025 programme aims to reach young people from 77 target areas across England to pursue a career in the creative industries.

Through a hybrid programme of practical activities and resources, Discover Creative Careers informs young people directly about the opportunities in this world-leading sector through meaningful encounters with industry professionals, online tools, training and support for teachers, parents, guardians and careers professionals, employers and more. 

Discover, also known as the Creative Careers Programme, was kick-started with funding from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in 2018 and has been shaped and supported directly by creative businesses, institutions, trade bodies and individuals across England. 

In 2020/21 the programme was developed further through funding from Arts Council England to develop a video programme to be used in schools during National Careers Week in March 2021.

For the  2023 - 2025 programme, we are committed to engaging with schools and young people in the following priority areas:

London: Barking and Dagenham, Brent, Croydon, Enfield, Newham

Midlands: Ashfield, Bolsover, Boston, Chesterfield, Corby, Derby, Dudley, East Lindsay, East Northamptonshire, Northampton, Nottingham, North East Derbyshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Mansfield, South Derbyshire, Sandwell, Stoke on Trent, Tamworth, Walsall, Wellingborough, Wolverhampton

North: Barnsley, Barrow in Furness, Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Bradford, Copeland, County Durham, Doncaster, Kirklees, Knowsley, North East Lincolnshire, Oldham, Rochdale, Rotherham, Selby, Scarborough, South Tyneside, Tees Valley Combined Authority, Wigan

East/South East: Basildon, Breckland, Crawley, Dover, East Cambridgeshire, Fenland, Forest Heath, Great Yarmouth, Hastings, Ipswich, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Luton, Medway, Norwich, Peterborough, Slough, Tendring, Waveney

South West: Gloucester, Gosport, Isle of Wight, Isles of Scilly, New Forest, North Devon, North Somerset, Portsmouth, Rushmoor, South Somerset, Swindon, West Somerset, Weymouth and Portland.

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