Discover! Creative Careers pilot programme launches in Scotland

Discover! originally launched as part of the Creative Careers Programme in 2019, an integrated industry-led programme working to ensure there is a larger and more diverse intake of talent via a broader range of routes into the creative industries. Since launching, it has already seen activities across England and Wales reach over 200,000 young people through virtual and in-person programmes.

The 2021 Discover! Creative Careers Scotland pilot programme is being delivered in partnership by Creative & Cultural Skills, Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) and Historic Environment Scotland (HES). It’s being supported in-kind by industry leaders including Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIFA), CILIP Scotland, Creative Carbon Scotland, Creative Edinburgh, Glasgow Life, Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS), National Museums Scotland (NMS), National Trust for Scotland, Skills Development Scotland (SDS), Scottish Crannog Centre, Sophie Gets Social and Travelling Gallery, among others.

'Discover! Creative Careers has been one of our flagship programmes over the last few years that has continued to build momentum and industry support in the face of ever-challenging circumstances. We have seen first-hand the positive difference real encounters with our world leading industry can have on young people’s understanding of creative careers, in turn supporting thousands of young people to make better informed career choices. We’re thrilled to be piloting the programme in Scotland in partnership with Developing the Young Workforce and Historic Environment Scotland, providing first-time insights into real job roles and creative workplaces for hundreds of young people across Scotland' Jane Ide OBE, CEO of Creative & Cultural Skills

The online and in-person programme will give insight into a range of job roles and sectors through lesson plans, online profiles, panel discussions and resources and aims to reach over 350 secondary schools. Taking place shortly after UN Climate Change Conference, Glasgow (COP26), Discover! will also feature content that focuses on new skills, job roles and opportunities in the creative and cultural industries to help tackle our climate crisis.

'Young people, their educators and their parents really benefit from hearing from individuals who work within industry. This kind of insight supports them to position their studies, think about their options and choices and ultimately make informed decisions on their next steps, so Discover! Creative Careers Scotland is an invaluable resource for raising awareness of the creative and cultural industries. We hope more businesses from within the sector will join us to share their own insight, and ultimately support the Young Person’s Guarantee, during this launch week.' Rachael Dorman, Developing the Young Workforce Programme Coordinator

'HES are delighted to be partnering with DYW and CCSkills and the many creative and cultural organisations involved to develop Discover! Creative Careers national careers week. Continuing to engage young people with their heritage is a core priority for HES and this programme allows us to further highlight the diverse careers and career pathways available across the arts and heritage sectors.' Alison Turnbull, Director of External Relations and Partnerships, HES

Find out more

Schools, students, parents/carers, employers and individuals can find out how to get involved via the DYW Scot website