Posted by Graham Russ Schools and Careers Co-ordinator, Creative Skillset

Opening doors to Creative Careers in Gloucestershire

As part of our ongoing Open Doors event series, Creative Skillset partnered with Create Gloucestershire and Gloucester Guildhall to offer 16 to 24 year olds the opportunity to delve behind the scenes of a vibrant arts venue. Attendees learned about job roles, career pathways and skills needs from Guildhall staff and local training providers and heard first-hand from creative apprentices about the value of vocational learning. 

David Bath, technical apprentice at The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury and Ryan Donna, now Venue Assistant at Gloucester Guildhall, both talked candidly to attendees about why they chose an apprenticeship and what their experience has been like. David outlined why taking up an apprenticeship was the right fit for him:

I suffer from Dyslexia and really struggled with exams and written work so I decided university wasn’t really for me. I did some research online and came across an opportunity at my local theatre in the technical department. I was intrigued so I applied, went to interview and quickly realised that this was something I really wanted to do and, thankfully, got offered the place.’

Overall, David has enjoyed his apprenticeship and benefited from it a great deal:

I was pleased with how hands-on the apprenticeship is and I have a great technical manager working with me…the team treat me as an equal so I felt welcome and needed from the outset. I’ve gained a lot of confidence from doing the apprenticeship... I had no idea about any of this stuff beforehand and now I feel I can run a show on my own.’

Ryan similarly had positive things to say about the core skills he developed through his business and administration apprenticeship with Gloucester City Council:

The customer service skills I gained through my apprenticeship massively helped me to get my current job at Gloucester Guildhall… the workplace experience I’ve gained helped give me the edge over other candidates.'

Open Doors gave Ryan and David a platform to share their stories, inspiring and informing other young people seeking to make balanced decisions about their next steps into a creative career.

Creative Skillset has more Open Doors events in the pipeline and looks forward to partnering with other creative and cultural arts venues in the future to inform more young people about the variety of rewarding careers in these sectors and raise the profile of vocational pathways into employment.

We really enjoyed hosting the event and it was great to have the opportunity to talk to young people about this fantastic industry. It was refreshing to hear the different aspirations form those in attendance and I wish them all the luck in the world in finding their dream job. The event was well organised and I would certainly recommend future events for young people trying to get into this industry.'  Dan Charles, Programming & Marketing Manager, Gloucester Guildhall

Creative Skillset is always looking for partners to introduce young people to careers in the creative industries. If you'd like to know more about running an Open Doors event in your workplace and supporting young people in your local community, you can contact careers@creativeskillset.org.

Create Gloucestershire is delighted to be working with Creative Skillset and to bring the Open Doors event to Gloucester. Our priority is to ensure equitable routes into creative employment across the county and help develop a talented workforce to sustain the cultural sector of tomorrow in Gloucestershire. Open Doors provides a great opportunity for young people starting out to hear more about individual career pathways including creative apprenticeships.' Louise Bardgett, Creative Careers Project Manager, Create Gloucestershire

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