Our priority areas for 2023 - 2025

The 2023 - 2025 programme is funded by the Department for Media, Culture & Sport (DCMS) to support schools and young people in 77 priority areas, identified as those facing the greatest disadvantage in accessing information about careers in the creative industries.

Where are the 77 priority boroughs?

Barking and Dagenham, Brent, Croydon, Enfield, Newham

Ashfield, Corby, Derby, Dudley, East Lindsay, East Northhamptonshire, Northhampton, Nottingham, North East Derbyshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Mansfield, South Derbyshire, Tamworth, Walsall, Wellingborough, Wolverhampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Sandwell, Chesterfield, Bolsover

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

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

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

How were they chosen?

The 77 priority areas were selected based of the Department for Education’s Opportunity Areas and Arts Council England’s Levelling Up for Culture Places.

How are we working in these areas?

We're connecting with key organisations in these areas who can help engage schools/colleges and employers, so we can ensure young people are able to access the year-round Discover Creative Careers programme and register for Discover! Creative Careers Week 2024, 18th - 22nd November.

We'll also be providing 1:1 support to match schools and industry for industry led, in-person opportunities during Discover! week, giving young people first hand encounters with industry. 

Unfortunately we are unable to provide funding for activities taking place during Discover! Creative Careers Week. 

I'm based in a priority area and want to get involved - who do I contact?

If you can support us to engage with schools/colleges or employers in your area, please contact our team: discover@screenskills.com

If you're a school/college and you'd like to take part in Discover! Creative Careers Week 2024, please register your interest.

If you're an employer and you'd like to host an in-person visit or deliver an in-school talk/workshop during Discover! Creative Careers Week 2024, please register your interest.

I'm not based in a priority area, can I still get involved?

Yes, we have a year-round programme of  online activities and resources that young people, schools/colleges, employers and careers professionals can access. This includes our regular industry-led online insight events, lesson plans, film resources and training for careers professionals. 

Schools/colleges and employers outside the priority areas can register to take part in Discover! Creative Careers Week 2024, but we cannot guarantee support to broker a connection with a local employer. However the virtual programme delivered by Speakers for Schools is open to all.