Youth employment in the creative industries

It's been a week full of news and events about young people interested in starting a career in the creative sectors.

15 November 2013

The launch of The National Youth Arts Trust

The National Youth Arts Trust is a new charity that provides bursaries for young people to access performing arts training. It aims to help people aged seven to 25 years old from non-privileged backgrounds by paying travel expenses for drama school amongst other things. Read more

Young People and the creative industries

A New Direction via CREATE Jobs is running an event in partnership with the Whitechapel Art Gallery for young people interested in learning about the 'realities' of working in the arts, creative and crafts industries. The event is aimed at young people aged 16-24. Book your place now

The V&A will be running their Making-it! Careers in Art and Design event for young people interested in finding out more about career opportunities in art and design. Book your place now

The Creative Society is inviting young people to take part in a full day of interactive sessions, talks and expertly facilitated workshops to help apprentices and interns aged 16-24 make the most of their opportunity. The event launches in London next Monday at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Read more

Industry Takeover: Money Matters

An event that aims to give music artists and businesses the information they need to take their career or skill to the next level. The event is taking place on November 28 2013 at Stratford Circus. Read more

Trust and Authorities: Whose voices are heard?

A debate that brings together young people and experts from across the political, arts, media and education spectrums to discuss young people’s complex relationship with authority. The event is part of the Parliament Week.

Takeover Day, Fri Nov 22

Next Friday (22 November) is Takeover Day, when children and young people take the lead in programming & events in museums (see Kids in Museums) and other youth settings (Office of the Children’s Commissioner). If you’re running activity it’s not too late to register; and if you’re an arts organisation, museum or other setting interested to know more, and maybe to see activity local to you, email for info.

The Teaching Musician

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance is offering a new vocational and flexible Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in music education practice in the UK open to all musicians working in all music educational settings. The course is designed for practitioners looking for a sustained training programme that can be completed alongside a professional career. Read more

‘Shakeup in children's music education has failed to bring significant benefits'

A radical shakeup in children's music education has failed to have a significant impact on the quality of provision, with only a minority of pupils feeling the benefits, according to Ofsted. Read more

Arts in schools

Head of Arts Programmes at Trinity College London, Alice Young, discusses how accreditation can add value to creative work with young people in schools. Read more

Young festival producers in Southwark

An initiative in Southwark helped young people to run a community festival and gain training at a professional level through the Southwark Youth Producers which was created in response to rising youth unemployment in the borough. Read more

A Winter Celebration

The Gran Union Youth Orchestra is putting together an evening of music will feature young musicians aged 12- 25 playing an extraordinary selection of instruments concert. The event is taking place on Sunday 8 December. Read more


A leading headmistress is to urge parents of privately educated girls to put aside their "sniffy" attitude to apprenticeships and embrace them as a viable alternative to university. Read more

Youth unemployment

Latest figures from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) reveal that nearly a million under-25s are still unemployed despite growth. Read more

Arts Award for museums, galleries & heritage

On Monday 25 November at The Foundling Museum, Engage and The Group for Education in Museums (GEM) are running a full day, reduced-cost Arts Award Adviser training + case studies and planning support for using Arts Award in museum, gallery & heritage settings. Book your place

Working with artists & freelancers

This coming Monday GEM also have an evening session at the London Transport Museum about how to work with freelance artists and educators. Read more