Creative & Cultural Skills

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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.[1] It covers crafts, cultural heritage, jewelry, 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.

Its founder chair is Tony Hall, Baron Hall of Birkenhead (2004–2009). The founder Chief Executive is Tom Bewick (2004–2010). The current chair is Paul Latham of Live Nation.

National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural[edit]

The National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural was set up in April 2009.[2] 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 CBE.

The Founder Colleges are:

Amersham & Wycombe College

City College, Norwich

City College, Plymouth

City of Westminster College

City of Wolverhampton College

Gateshead College

Gloucestershire College

Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education

Leeds City College

Lewisham College

Liverpool Community College

New College Nottingham

North Hertfordshire College

North West Regional College

Salford City College

South Essex College

Stoke on Trent College

Stratford-upon-Avon College

Sussex Downs College

Wiltshire College

The National Skills Academy hold several events throughout the year including Creative 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 has developed a technical theatre, events and music training centre called The Backstage Centre in Purfleet, Essex, [1] as part of High House Production Park at High House Purfleet. The building houses training that could not otherwise be delivered nationally due to space and time restrictions in existing technical theatre training and performance spaces, and exposes 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 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 offer access to a wide variety of technical performance media and support transferability of skills and knowledge. The building has been open for business since May 2012.

Creative Choices is Creative & Cultural Skills' website for young people with information and advice about creative careers.[3] It includes features such as 'Ask an Expert', where users can ask people questions already working in the industry.

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