Creative & Cultural Skills works to create fair and inclusive opportunities for young people within the creative and cultural sectors by raising awareness and shaping skills, education and employment best practice. We want to see the sector build back fairer and more inclusive.

The first series of our podcast focuses on the theme of 'Build Back Fairer' and we'll be chatting to professionals from across the creative and cultural sector and hearing from young people at the start of their careers, to explore the impacts and opportunities that may have been heightened by, or arisen, during the pandemic.

Each episode will explore fresh perspectives and offer up useful ideas around fair, equal and inclusive recruitment so together, we can all give young people a fair start in the creative and cultural sector.

The podcast is hosted by Robert West, CCSkills' Director of Partnerships and Delivery.


Episode 1 - Class prejudice in the cultural sector – has pandemic has made it worse?

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With the pandemic having a disproportionately negative effect on young people trying to build careers in the creative industries, has an already-established prejudice against hiring from disadvantaged backgrounds become even worse?

Joining the discussion is Suba Das, Artistic Director and CEO of HighTide; and Vilma Nikolaidou Associate Director, People Strategy University Arts London.

We also hear from Danielle Edmunds and Calum Macdonald, two young people who participated in the Cultural Ambition programme, and shared their perspectives on pathways into the museum and heritage sector.

Preview episode

Joining the discussion is Catherine Ritman-Smith Head of Learning and Skills, V&A Museum of Childhood; and Alex Porter-Smith Co-founder & Head of Production at High Tide Media. During this 40-minute preview episode, they cover a range of topics from how the pandemic has highlighted some of the inequalities in society, how the cultural sector has adapted, the impact on freelancers, and much more.

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