How Arts Award Improves Employability Skills
Megan gives us an insight into how doing an Arts Award has bettered her employability skills.
Arts Award offers children and young people a journey of personal, creative discovery; the results of which continue to echo through all aspects of their lives for years to come!
From fashion to sculpture, rapping to writing, dance to poetry, Arts Award enables young people to make connections with and participate in the diverse and exciting world we call ‘the arts’, turning their passion or curiosity into a recognised qualification.
The 5 levels of Arts Award support those up to the age of 25 to explore different art forms in increasing depth as they grow and develop new skills, experiences, confidence and interests.
Young people can start at whichever level suits their current learning and development. All levels develop valuable life skills in young people such as communication, organisational and leadership skills which transfer seamlessly to other contexts and situations- preparing them for further education and employment. With a focus on independent working and entrepreneurialism, Arts award encourages young people to not only seek new opportunities but create their own.
Trinity College London manages Arts Award in association with Arts Council England.
Arts Award can be used with any arts or cultural activity, and can be offered in any organisation – including schools, colleges, theatres, galleries, museums, libraries, arts centres, heritage organisations, alternative education provisions, performing groups, youth justice settings, youth clubs or community groups and healthcare services.
For many children and young people Arts Award validates their existing artistic interests or activity but for others it can be their first opportunity to think and work creatively. Whether those who achieve Arts Award go on to be the next generation of artists and art leaders or have simply found a lifelong hobby; they will have gained creativity and professional skills for life.
Kick start Arts Award delivery in your organisation
Arts Award advisers are key to the success of Arts Award. They support children and young people to work towards their awards, provide guidance, and assess their work.
Advisers can be teachers, freelance practitioners, youth workers, members of learning teams and volunteers. They need to have experience of working with young people and access to arts opportunities but do not have to be an arts specialist.
Led by Artswork, the Arts Award Leadership Network (AALN) is a growing movement of organisations and leaders across the South East dedicated to the sustainable development of Arts Award across all settings and levels. The mentors on the network give support to mentees and help them progress through their Arts Award journey.
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Beyond your training, you will have access to support and resources to help with the planning, delivery and assessment of your Award. As an Arts Award Supporter organisation, we offer events, activities and opportunities to help both advisors and young people on their Arts award journey to succeed! Check out the links below.
For advisors we offer a wide variety of training courses in areas such as Youth Arts project Management, Mentoring and Budgeting
We also have a library of resources with case studies sharing best practice in Arts Award delivery
For young people we craft and deliver prgrammes to help them gain work experience and employment in the creative sector
Between January and September 2017, Gosport-based Bridgemary School led a STEAM Network in the
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Following Artswork’s call for schools to form STEAM Networks across the South East, Thanet-based
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Aleysha, who is doing her Gold Arts Award, tells us how it has given her new confidence and
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Megan is currently completing her Gold Arts Award. She tells us how this has benefited not only her
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