About this event
Skills in the cultural and creative industries are going to be critical as we move forward from the pandemic. It is widely recognized that the pandemic has had a devastating impact on the sector (on its creative production, its workforce – particularly freelancers, on its work toward greater diversity and inclusion, and on the creative economy as a whole). Creative skills won’t only be essential to building the creative and cultural sector of the future, but will be integral to the recovery of the wider economy and society. Pre-pandemic the creative industries were one of the largest contributors to both our economy and our global reputation, and there is clear ambition that this is a position to which they return.
Yet, the government’s introduction of the EBacc and recent proposals for post-16/18 education have strengthened concerns over the value hierarchy being created in education with an emphasis on STEM subjects. Evidence shows that, after the introduction of the EBacc, the opportunities for young people to access and study the arts has declined significantly and the repercussions of this for Further and Higher Education, and for the sector, is yet to be fully understood. Moreover, despite the recent skills white paper and move toward more flexible apprenticeships, the challenges faced by portfolio careers in the creative industries and the needs this presents for continued professional development and/or retraining have not been fully addressed.
It seems timely, therefore, to build on our ‘Future of Work’ session last year and think about how we best enable access and opportunity for skills development in the arts at all stages. Considering issues such as:
- What are the skills development needs of the cultural sector now, and in the future?
- How should skills needs be addressed, and by whom?
- How can place-based agendas better enable opportunities?
- What are the meaningful opportunities we can create for young people to engage in the arts?
- How can we create affordable, inclusive and robust pathways for lifelong learning at all stages?