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.

Through a 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.

The programme, known as the Creative Careers Programme, was kick-started with funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in 2019 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.  Arts Council England funded a video programme to be used in schools during National Careers Week in March 2021.

And the programme was extended into Wales with a Welsh translation of the site and Welsh opportunities. Funded by the Welsh Government through Creative Wales, the pilot programme, led by Creative & Cultural Skills in partnership with Arts Council of Wales, Ffilm Cymru, ScreenSkills and Trac Cymru, with support from Careers Wales, will run until 31 December 2020.

Since launching Discover! Creative Careers in 2019, over 1,000 creative sector employers have engaged with the programme leading to 92,000 student interactions with the industry. Working alongside our partners, employers and individuals from across all 12 creative industry sub-sectors, we have:

  • Supported over 1,100 schools to meet their Gatsby Benchmarks through their engagement with Discover! Creative Careers
  • Given 27,000 students hands-on experience with industry through Discover! Creative Careers Week, immersive events and work experience opportunities
  • Inspired 64,000 students by bringing leaders from across the creative industries into their school assemblies through the Speakers for Schools programme
  • Supported the delivery of 350 work experience opportunities with the help of Speakers for Schools experience.
  • Signed up 320 new enterprise advisers from the creative sector, who work with The Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) to support school leadership teams on their careers strategies
  • Launched Discover! Creative Careers, our one-stop-shop website designed to help young people and their teachers, parents and guardians discover the range of jobs available across all the creative industries and the routes into them
  • Provided regional training for the Careers and Enterprise Company's enterprise coordinators to broaden their understanding of the creative industries and the range of occupations that exist

Find out more. Download: Discover! Creative Careers impact infographic (PDF)

There are many ways for employers, teachers and career leaders to get involved:

  • Employers can speak in a school, host virtual work experience, become an enterprise adviser, or provide online resources.  Find out more: employers  
  • Teachers and career leaders can create a video programme using our resources for National Careers Week, and encourage students to use Discover! Creative Careers Explore. Find out more: teachers and career leaders
  • Employers and teachers can share your stories of working with young people in discovering creative careers on social media using #DiscoverCreativeCareers and tagging us on Twitter: @CreativeCareer5

Employers might also be interested in learning more about developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. Download:  Best Practice Recruitment Guide for Creative Leaders (PDF)