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Creative Careers

Careers in the creative industries can feel remote and mystified to many young people and yet the creative industries is one of the fastest growing and most future proofed parts of the UK economy, growing 5 times faster than the national economy in 2020 (report).

Arun Inspires aims to invest in the cultural and social capital of young people in the District through a series of careers-focused projects that will support children from Years 5 to school leavers to better access the wealth of opportunities this sector offers.

Across 2020 – 2022, Arun Inspires ran Creative Careers EXPOs with every secondary school in the District, an the Alternative Provision Centre: large scale events that broaden understanding of and access to creative careers for local students prior to taking their GCSE Options. The EXPOs are run in partnership with Cultureshift and volunteers from a wide range of local businesses. They use workshops plus structured interactions to showcase the work of a range of creative industry careers, particularly those which may be less visible or well known including Game Design, Costume Design, Marketing, Architecture, Journalism, Animation, Creative Consultation, Publishing and more, as well as demonstrating varied career pathways and the ways creativity is used within other workplace contexts.

The first two Creative Careers EXPOS were held with full Year 9 groups at The Littlehampton Academy and The Regis Schools in February and March 2020. You can download a Report here about who was involved, what happened and what students thought.

Download a Report here with greater detail on the events’ practicalities and outcomes

Learn more about Arun Inspires by visiting the programme homepage here.

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