For students who wish to pursue a career in the creative industries, it can be difficult to see the relevance of studying subjects such as maths, English and science. So Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Burberry have teamed up to launch the latest FutureGoals careers resources which will help the region’s young people learn how the skills they are gaining at school are used in the creative industry.
Created in collaboration with local businesses, schools and with the help of students the programme is based around the production of a festival. Spotlight can bust a few myths around careers in the creative sector and provide a wider understanding of the less well-known, yet in-demand roles.
A year 9 student from Ossett Academy said: “I really enjoyed the mapping activity and being challenged in the budgeting task.”
Students will need to use their English, maths and science skills and knowledge to tackle every aspect of the planning and running of a festival. Through the various tasks, quizzes, group activities and discussion topics, students will become aware that there is more to the creative sector than the well-known design-based roles.
A year 9 student from Ossett Academy said: “I now know that there are many jobs in the creative sector and how maths, English and science skills are all needed.”
Creative industry is region’s fastest-growing sector
Following major creative icons such as Channel 4 and Burberry settling into Leeds City Region as their Head Quarters, the creative industry is now the region’s fastest-growing sector providing incredible job opportunities to local people. There are currently over 30,000 people working in the creative sector in Leeds City Region with that number predicted to increase.
Pam Batty, Secretary of The Burberry Foundation and VP of Corporate Responsibility, Burberry said: “The FutureGoals Spotlight campaign provides a unique and interactive approach to equipping young people with valuable insight on entering the creative industry. The Leeds City Region has a fantastic creative network and this campaign will open up a world of opportunity for young people by introducing them to many diverse and stimulating career paths.
“The Burberry Foundation is dedicated to using the power of creativity to drive positive change in our communities and this accessible toolkit can help empower young people to forge a new path with meaningful support.”
The new Spotlight campaign, aimed at students from years 7 to 11 includes a series of interactive and engaging resources, all designed to give students a taste of what it would be like to work in the creative sector.
Spotlight has been developed as part of the LEP’s wider careers campaign, FutureGoals which provides inspiration to help people of all ages feel inspired and informed about careers in Leeds City Region.
Roger Marsh OBE DL, Chairman of the LEP and NP11 said: “Spotlight is a fantastic addition to the LEP’s FutureGoals campaign, highlighting the wide range of exciting careers available in the creative industry.
“This innovative project-based approach incorporates maths, science and English to build confidence and skills transferable to roles in this sector.”
Educators, careers advisers or influencers to young people are encouraged to download the FREE Spotlight resources at www.futuregoals.co.uk/spotlight