A one-stop-shop website to help young people discover the range of jobs available across all the creative industries has gone live.
DiscoverCreative.Careers – one strand of the Creative Careers Programme - is designed to help students and their parents, guardians and teachers find out more about the careers in industries including advertising, architecture, fashion, film and television, museums and galleries, performing arts and publishing - and the routes to them.
Given the growth in the creative industries, there is a need for more young people to choose a career in our dynamic sector. The new site will signpost users to the full range of jobs available to counter an historic dearth of good careers information for the creative sector.
ScreenSkills, the Creative Industries Federation and Creative & Cultural Skills, who are the lead partners in the programme, have worked with organisations covering the 12 subsectors of the creative industries to provide expert information on the range of jobs.
By filtering searches according to individual interests, the website produces a personalised selection of potential roles. It then directs young people to job descriptions and case studies on the websites of the expert partners in the initiative and to live opportunities for work experience or workplace visits where available.
Young people can save their unique results page, personalised to their own interests and talents, as their own learning resource.
A dedicated part of the site provides teachers, careers advisors and educators with up-to-date statistics on creative careers, lesson resources and an address book of useful organisations.
Employers are also encouraged to get involved by promoting opportunities for events or work experience and showcase the experiences of young people visiting creative businesses to inspire others.
DiscoverCreative.Careers will form a safe and accessible network between industry, education and young people across the UK. The soft launch this month will be followed by further development work in response to the user experience of students, parents, teachers and careers advisers in the coming months.
Aimee Higgins, Director of Employers & Partnerships, The Careers & Enterprise Company, said: “DiscoverCreative.Careers is a fantastic resource for young people, parents and teachers to better understand the opportunities that the creative industries have to offer and forms part of a broader programme of activity with employers that will bring this information to life.
“We are delighted to be supporting the industry to make these resources and activities available to schools, colleges and young people across England. We hope young people from all backgrounds are inspired to explore the exciting opportunities that the creative industries have to offer.”