Get involved

The Creative Careers Programme offers a unique opportunity to radically increase the impact and reach of our sector’s engagement with young people, and it needs you at its heart. Through our shared mission and a coordinated, evidence backed approach, we can make a far bigger impact together than would be possible alone. We work to Gatsby Good Career Guidance Benchmarks to maximise the impact of your work.

Here are some fantastic ways to inform and enthuse students about careers in your sector that have been proven to make a significant and lasting impact on students’ career choices (Gatsby Foundation research). Join us in helping young people to understand the range of jobs and pathways available, and in bringing together new and existing opportunities from across the creative sector.

Your support, time and expertise are essential to the success of the programme, and there are many ways in which you can get involved.


Deliver a talk to young people in a state school about your own career pathway through one of our expert delivery partners like Speakers for Schools and you could help a young person to follow in your footsteps. Please contact Speakers for Schools directly for more information, or to join the network by emailing Programme Manager Carly Wilkinson at: carly.wilkinson@speakers4schools.org

Become an Enterprise Advisor and join more than 2,500 business volunteers working with the Careers and Enterprise Company to share their sector experience and knowledge with the leadership teams of local schools and colleges. Find out more about becoming an Enterprise Adviser and express your interest here.

Feature your careers opportunities, work experiences, and engagement programmes here on the Creative Careers Spotlighting Hub so that young people, their teachers and influencers can easily find opportunities to learn about, engage with and begin their careers in the creative industries.

Ready to submit an opportunity? Click here.

Guidelines for organisations submitting opportunites:

  • This website is free to use for organisations wanting to promote an event or activity aimed at inspiring young people aged 14-24 about careers in the creative industries. We welcome a wide range of events and activities that help develop creative skills for young people or provide creative careers advice. Please note that we are not able to advertise job opportunities, paid-for opportunities, or HE/FE full-time courses
  • Each submission must include a contact email or a link to your website with more details about your offer. All submissions will be reviewed and approved by the Creative Industries Federation as part of the Creative Careers Programme
  • Organisations are responsible for ensuring their details are correct, and that they have appropriate policies and procedures in place for working with children and young people. Once an event or initiative has taken place, it will be archived as a case study in order to provide inspiration and advice to other organisations across the creative industries
  • To update a submission on the website, please email comms@creativeindustriesfederation.com clearly stating your changes
  • Unless you alert us otherwise, by uploading an image and/or case study to the Spotlight platform, you give permission for the Creative Careers Programme to use them across all publicity materials
  • The Creative Industries Federation, Creative & Cultural Skills and ScreenSkills cannot accept any responsibility for issues that arise with organisations or events listed on the Spotlight Creative Careers platform


Host a work experience placement for a state school student with S4S NextGen who can support you with recruitment, planning and delivery. Find out more and express your interest here.

Deliver an employer-led event to give students (11-19) from a state school hands-on experience of what a creative career might look like. Employer-led events can be anything from a school-facing competition to an in-house taster day. Find out more and express your interest at: ccp@creativeindustriesfederation.com

Open your doors to a local school group during Discover! Creative Careers Week (18 to 22  November) and join 450+ organisations showcasing their job roles to young people. Contact: creativecareers@ccskills.com for further information and to join us in Discover! Week 2020.