Students at Middlesbrough’s Macmillan Academy have been getting to know more about careers in the creative sector from a specialist BBC team.
BBC Bitesize visited Macmillan on their first North East schools tour promoting careers within the creative sector.
Creative industries employment is predicted to increase by 5.3% over the next six years, which is double that of the average rate of employment and the Bitesize tour offered an opportunity to inform students, in a fun and informative way.
The workshop hosted live panel discussion, featuring guests from local companies operating in the creative industries.
BBC Saturday Mash Up presenter Jonny Nelson, hosted the event and said: “It’s great to be able to visit schools in this region – we’ve been warmly welcomed - this is a chance to talk to students in person about our jobs in the creative world, offering them a glimpse behind the scenes as well as some ideas about how they could take their first steps into a creative career.”
Guests talked about their own personal stories of success and failures as they made their way into the world of work. Their careers were in broadcast journalism, music, events, TV research and acting.
Dan Gooding, BBC Learning Executive Producer, said: “The creative world of work can be competitive and confusing. Whether they're deciding what to study, taking exams, planning a career, or just curious, the BBC Bitesize Schools tour will help pupils get an a insight into the creative industries. Hopefully we can dispel some myths and offer encouragement with advice from people who've found the right path for them.”
Also in attendance was Cllr Mick Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Communities. He said: “I felt really inspired myself being there and I hope it has opened up a whole range of opportunities that young people perhaps haven’t even considered.
“Having that personal testimony, that lived experience of the people on the panel – it was really important to hear from those who have been on that journey and are able to explain it from their perspective.”
Karyn Vose, School Support Coordinator for the Middlesbrough Achievement Partnership, said: “This was a brilliant event to showcase the creative media industry, the success of local employers and education. The students were made aware of many different opportunities and occupations within the industry and the importance of their school curriculum which underpins being successful in the workplace.”
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