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The Creative Skills Initiative supports young people through opening them to possible creative career paths

By 14th January 2016 No Comments

Read the press release below to find out how the Creative Skills Initiative supports young people through providing them with exciting and essential employability skills in the cultural sector, as they get involved in the programme’s various creative projects and initiatives.

RIO delivers the Creative Skills Initiative as Bridge organisation for the South West, and has successfully taken many young people through the programme. You can also read case studies of some of our work on the programme here.

The Creative Skills Initiative will help 1,500 young people from across England develop career skills by July 2016.

The Creative Skills Initiative (CSI) is a strand of the Creative Employment Programme specifically designed to give those aged 16-21, who are not yet ready to enter the workplace, some of the confidence and experience they need to take the next step towards employment or further training.

So far 48 colleges, 153 employers and 8 bridge organisations have been part of the initiative. 750 16-21 year olds have successfully engaged with the CSI so far and a projected total of 1,500 young people will have benefited from the initiative by July 2016.

Frank Wilkes, founder of DMF Digital said of the Creative Skills Initiative, said, “This has been an excellent opportunity for young people to get hands on experience of working in the creative industries as well as showcasing their skills to potential employers. The employers involved have been amazed by the standard of work and all of the young people have now progressed to employment and creative apprenticeship pathways.”

Delivery of the Creative Skills Initiative is led by Artswork, the South East Bridge Organisation, on behalf of the Bridge England Network. A leading voice for youth arts, Artswork champions, leads and facilitates young people’s engagement with great art and culture, and supports the development of young arts practitioners and leaders through training and work experience programmes. As well as acting as the national coordinator of the initiative, Artswork delivers the programme across the South East and has shaped a programme of activity including partnerships between East Kent College and Turner Contemporary in Margate, and Rye Studio School and Same Sky in Brighton.

Jo Townshead, Head of Rye Studio School has seen an improvement in student engagement and importantly seen the Rye Studio School achieve ‘outstanding’ in their recent Ofsted inspection.

“Rye studio school collaborated with Artswork and Samesky this summer in an innovative Creative Skills Initiative programme. Our students have benefitted hugely from this valuable experience and have been able to apply their specialist skill in a real life context that supports progression.”

“We recently achieved ‘outstanding’ in our Ofsted inspection. The partnership with the Creative Skill Initiative was a contributing factor to this.”

For more information, contact Miranda Hewitt-Green, National Programme Manager, by emailing miranda@artswork.org.uk.

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