CCSkills_master_logo_MED_RGBCreative & Cultural Skills is an independent charity supporting the skills and training needs of the UK’s creative and cultural industries. We work with employers across the craft, cultural heritage, design, literature, music, performing arts and visual arts sectors. We deliver through our Skills Academy, a growing network of employers and training providers committed to the provision of high-quality, industry-relevant creative education and training, apprenticeships and careers advice. We are licensed as a Sector Skills Council by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. 

Our goal is to enable the creative and cultural industries to achieve their economic potential through relevant, employer-driven skills and training. We ensure that employers have access to and ownership of up-to-date Labour Market Intelligence, National Occupational Standards, qualification and apprenticeship frameworks, networks and bespoke services. 

Creative & Cultural Skills recently opened The Backstage Centre at High House Production Park, Thurrock, a world-class production training venue for theatre, music and live events. Developed through our National Skills Academy to meet industry demands for advanced training, it supports apprentices and students from its network of colleges from across the UK working towards backstage and offstage careers. 


We have developed training programmes internationally with a particular focus on continued professional development whilst sharing best practice with partners in the UK and abroad. We have specific experience of developing leadership programmes such The Future Leaders Programme which has run in Scotland for three years, attracting participants from a wide range of cultural organisations.


This project offers significant opportunity to work in collaboration with employers to develop a training programme which identifies skills needs and addresses them in a manner in-keeping with the preferred training methods of relevant employers to encourage employer-ownership of the programme. 


Creative & Cultural Skills’ role in the project will be to:

• Actively participate in each of the meetings/focus groups and to host one;

• Use our network of contacts to generate industry contribution to research and surveys;

• Support the development/publication of VET training modules for cultural managers;

• Use our significant web presence to disseminate/promote the publication to a wide and diverse audience.