Today, we're pleased to be launching twelve Creative Briefs designed by industry professionals to give students in East Cambridgeshire and Fenland, a taste of life in a creative career.
The launch comes at the start of the ‘Discover Creative Careers Week 2021’; a national initiative to highlight the range of careers and workplaces across the creative industries.
The Creative Briefs which include: webinars with industry professionals, student and teacher information packs and a student workbook, are designed to be delivered both during remote learning and when students are in the classroom. The students develop their response to a Creative Brief over an eight week period, in a way that is designed to stimulate real-world thinking.
Our Head of Project Delivery, Florence Rose said “Creativity can take many forms and is highly prized in many different industries and professions, as it leads to innovation and new ways of solving problems. Despite this, finding advice and opportunities in creative sectors can often be a challenge. We’re always looking for new ways to bridge the gap, that is so often the case for young people, especially at this time when a route into a career is so important.”
The Creative Briefs are designed to improve young people’s transferable skills as well as boost confidence. Current examples of industry sub-sectors covered in the resources include Animation & VFX, Advertising & Marketing, Publishing, Product Design, Museums, Visual Arts and many more.
Stephanie Peachey, Senior Manager at Festival Bridge, a key partner in the Creative Briefs programme said “The Creative Brief programme is an exciting way for young people to develop essential skills and practically experience what working in a creative business might feel like.” She explains: “The creative industries are growing at four times the rate of the UK economy as a whole and will offer rich career opportunities for young people in the future. Through working with a locally based creative professional on a brief, we hope young people growing up in Cambridgeshire will see these jobs as viable options, will understand the creative pathways open to them and have the confidence to follow their ambitions.”
The Creative Brief programme is being piloted to the end July 2021 with secondary schools in Fenland and East Cambridgeshire Opportunity Area. However, we ask that secondary schools outside of this area get in touch if they are interested in taking part.
To find out more, view the new Creative Briefs page here.
Images: (left) Howard Read, Stand-up Comedian, Writer & Animator - Animation & VFX (visual effects) creative sub-sector, a screenshot of the Creative Briefs page and (right) Anne Beamish, Founder of Indie Cambridge - Advertising & Marketing creative sub-sector.
The Creative Briefs programme is supported by Festival Bridge, NEACO (Take Your Place), The Fenland and East Cambridgeshire Opportunity Area and the Skills Builder Partnership.
Discover Creative Careers Week 2021 runs from 1st to 5th March. More information can be found here.