Discover! Industry Insights

A series of online careers events and activities providing students aged 16+ with in-depth insight into specific job roles across the cultural sector.

The Discover! Industry Insight events have been designed to give students aged 16 – 24 an opportunity to understand specific job functions within the cultural sector by providing interactions with real employers who will guide them through a ‘deep dive’ of various roles through online events, resources and takeaway tasks.

The events are shaped and led by industry, with support from Creative & Cultural Skills, so each one will be different and respond directly to the types of occupations they’ll be covering.

They will include:

  • Live online events such as virtual tours, webinars and workshops
  • Documentary-style films providing a ‘deep dive’ into specific occupations
  • Online live Q&As where students will be able to submit questions to industry professionals
  • Resources that can be taken back to the classroom and support new skills development once the students have experienced the Industry Insight event

The pilot programme will take place between 10th - 21st May 2021 and will cover the following areas:

Offstage and Scenic Production with Industry Insights led by White Light, Royal Opera House Production Workshop and Birmingham Repertory Company

World of Making with Industry Insights led by Devon Guild and Rush Matters

New Technology with Industry Insights led by FACT Liverpool and Rose Bruford College/Copper Candle

Conservation, Curation and Collections with Industry Insights led by Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) and University of Cambridge Museums

Offstage & Scenic Production - Ask The Experts live event

Friday 14th May, 1.30 - 2.30pm
A deep dive into careers in stage and scenic production, light and sound design, and more from three of the top organisations in the UK, featuring:

Sarah O’Connor Production Manager, Royal Opera House
Bendy Ashfield Apprenticeship Manager, Royal Opera House 
Daniel Davies EVA Broadcast Technician, White Light
John McEvoy Head Of Business Delivery Resources, White Light
Maggs Rees Head of Workshops, Birmingham Rep Theatre

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The Discover! Industry Insight pilot programme has been funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and is being delivered by Creative & Cultural Skills as part of Discover! Creative Careers, an initiative led by the UK creative industries to ensure there is a larger and more diverse intake of talent via a broader range of pathways into the creative industries.

Since launching in 2019, Discover! Creative Careers has reached over 200,000 young people through a programme of events and online resources designed to inspire and inform young people from all backgrounds about creative careers. This includes the DiscoverCreative.Careers website, home to a suite of films, lesson plans and a student-led careers finder.

While the majority of the resources have been created for younger students aged 11 – 16, the following areas may be useful in preparation for the Discover! Industry Insight day:

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