Get involved with the Creative Careers Programme

The next generation of creative talent needs your support

March 07, 2019

Creative Careers is an initiative by the UK creative industries to make it easier for young people to find careers in the creative industries.

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How to Get Involved

Your support, time and expertise are essential to the success of the programme, and there are many ways in which you can get involved. Want to get involved in the CCP but not sure how? Take our easy quiz to help identify which options might be best for you and then email with your results to get started.


Offering work experience to students, particularly those under the age of 18, can be challenging for employers. Some don't know where to start.

S4S NextGen helps make hosting work experience easier by supporting employers with recruitment, planning and delivery. They will help you create meaningful work placements for young people from state schools who would not otherwise have access to these opportunities.

You may already have an existing programme that you would like to develop or grow, or you could be completely new to hosting work experience.

S4SNextGen will promote your opportunities to a wide schools network helping you reach a new audience. They also provide free tools and resources to support organisations at all stages including:

  • Safeguarded recruitment portal and guidance on recruitment
  • How-to guides
  • Models and templates for placements
  • Activity ideas
  • Best practice insights

Whether you are a small firm, cultural organisation or multi-office corporate, S4S NextGen can help overcome some of the challenges to hosting young people on placements.

To find out more about how S4SNextGen could support your organisation, email the Creative Careers team directly on


Discover! Creative Careers Week was launched in 2019 when 500 employers welcomed thousands of young people into their companies for the first national open doors week for the creative industries.

The England-wide event inspired students aged 11+ about the different jobs in the creative industries with practical experiences, from workshops, demonstrations, interactive tours, panel discussions and ‘The Apprentice’ style challenges.

Employers who took part included the National Trust, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Pinewood Studios, Northern Ballet & Phoenix Dance Theatre, Channel 4, Norwich Theatre Royal, Birmingham Museums Trust, Cockpit Arts, the Financial Times, Kudos TV, The National Archives, xsite Architecture, Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, Colston Hall, Burberry and Hachette Publishing and many more.


You can help inspire young creatives of the future by giving a talk about your own career in a state school with Speakers for Schools. This opportunity is perfect for sector leaders with limited time to offer and who want to make a difference.

Set up by Robert Peston, Speakers for Schools help state schools access top opportunities including talks from today’s leaders that broaden horizons. They will match you up with a state school in your chosen area, and provide you with full support to plan your talk, including a slide deck and up-to-date information on the creative industries.

Creative industries leaders who are already involved in the programme include Baroness Martha Lane Fox, Sir Peter Bazalgette, Karen Blackett, Baroness Deborah Bull, Kenneth Tharp, Tim Davie, Amanda Levete, Amanda Nevill and Richard Johnston.

To find out more or to sign up, email the Creative Careers team directly on  


You can make a big difference to your industry and your region by becoming an enterprise adviser

help schools and colleges develop their careers programmes.

The Careers and Enterprise Company is the national network set up to inspire and prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work. It connects schools and colleges, employers and careers programme providers to create high-impact careers opportunities for young people across England.

One way it does that is by appointing enterprise advisers, who are volunteers from industry. They work directly with a school or college's senior leadership team to create a careers programme that is relevant and accurate.

You’ll be supported by a trained, full-time enterprise coordinator and provided with a range of practical resources to help you in your role. You will also benefit from peer support from other volunteers and will further broaden your network of contacts.

Combine your passion for raising the aspirations of young people with your strategic skills to help put opportunities with local employers at the heart of a young person's education.



Careers events are a fantastic way to give students from a state school hands-on experience of what a creative career might look like.  An event can be anything from a school-facing competition or workshop to an in-house taster day or tour.

You may even already have an already existing event or project, which we could help you develop to shine a spotlight on jobs and careers. We could help you recruit schools, promote your event, or even develop bespoke resources.


Ensure that your organisation’s engagement with young people is spotlighted and shared by updating us with the work that you are already doing to help young people learn more about our sector and the kind of work that they could go in to. Submit an event or opportunity here

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