Students being encouraged to look at creative industries

Careers in fashion, acting and other creative industries are to be promoted to students in an event hailed as a “first for Suffolk”.

Woodbridge Visual Arts Talks 2020 will see 21 professionals sharing their experiences with an audience of 14-18-year-olds and answering their questions about career opportunities in this vibrant sector.

New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network is supporting the free event, which is being held at the Seckford Theatre on Saturday 14 March.

ICT, tech and digital creative is one of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership’s key growth sectors across Norfolk and Suffolk and contributes more than £1.4bn to UK PLC and has a workforce of 23,400 across the counties.

Brendan Keaney, Artistic Director and CEO of Dance East, will host the seminar with the aim of giving young people the chance to learn from people who are successful in creative industries and fostering the region’s emerging talent.

The idea for the collaboration arose from a conversation between Enterprise Coordinators Jordan Holder and Josie Finch and the artist Hutch (aka James Hutchinson), who is head of art at Woodbridge School and co-founder of WVA Talks.

It aims to bridge the gap between education and business and ensure more young people learn about the local labour market.

Jordan Holder said the event was a “first for Suffolk” in celebrating the vibrant and diverse sector of creative visual arts and encouraging more young people to pursue careers in the sector.

“A lot of people assume the creative sector is just art, acting, or fashion, but it in so much more, and includes architects, advertisers and games designers,” he said.

“Our role as the Enterprise Adviser Network is to make sure more young people have encounters with all sectors across New Anglia, and that’s what this event is all about.”

Research from education and employers indicates that young people who have four or more encounters with the world of work are 85% less likely to become NEET (Not in education, employment or training). They will also earn more on average compared to their peers who had no such encounters.

Woodbridge Visual Arts Talks 2020 takes place on Saturday 14 March and tickets are available at

Courtesy of the New Anglia LEP– 15/01/2020

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