Creative & Cultural Skills
Creative & Cultural Skills (CCSkills)
Creative & Cultural Skills is one of several Sector Skills Councils established by the UK Government to foster the development of a skilled workforce. It covers crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts. It was created to bridge the gap between industry, education and the government as well as to give employers an effective influence over education and the skills developed in the U.K.
National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural
The National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural was set up in April 2009. The Academy is a network of 230 employers from Theatre and Live Music and 20 Further Education Colleges across the nine English regions. Its Founder Chair is Paul Latham, Chief Operating Officer for International Live Music at Live Nation. The Managing Director is Pauline Tambling.
The Founder Colleges are:
North West Regional College
The National Skills Academy hold several events throughout the year including Offstage Choices. In Autumn 2010 the Skills Academy ran 25 careers events across the nation delivering practical and informative day programmes focused on backstage, technical and administrative roles available in the industry. NSA Founder Colleges and Industry Members work together to present teenagers with the opportunity to get a taster of what happens behind the stage of the world’s biggest events.
The Skills Academy is developing a new technical theatre, events and music training centre called The Backstage Centre in Purfleet, Essex,  as part of High House Production Park at High House Purfleet. The building will house training that cannot currently be delivered nationally due to space and time restrictions in existing technical theatre training and performance spaces, and will expose learners to top level, world class technical theatre and live music professionals, companies and bands in a unique training environment. Students from South Essex College will also use the space. The design incorporates a large main space of 875m² with a 17m ceiling and a number of other training spaces including a CAD studio, lighting and audio-visual training studios, generic training spaces, a recording studio and band rehearsal room. These spaces will offer access to a wide variety of technical performance media and support transferability of skills and knowledge. The building will be open for business in May 2012 in time to engage with Olympic ceremonies and training activities.
http://getintotheatre.org  is the NSA's website for young people with information about careers in backstage theatre and live events. It includes features such as 'meet the professionals', where users can ask people questions already working in the industry. In June 2011 it was joined by http://getintolivemusic.org , which does the same thing for young people interested in pursuing a career in live music.