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Creative & Cultural Skills on the road in 2007

Creative & Cultural Skills, the Sector Skills Council for for advertising, craft, cultural heritage, design, music and the arts, has announced a UK-wide series of events for early 2007.

The 'Access All Areas' events are designed to provide employers, practitioners and education providers with an opportunity to influence the content of 'Creative Blueprint' - the first Sector Skills Agreement (SSA) for the creative and cultural industries.

According to Creative & Cultural Skills, the action plan will direct the long-term supply of all publicly funded education and training for the sector.

Details of the new Creative Apprenticeship, currently being developed by Creative & Cultural Skills, will also be unveiled. Prototype apprenticeship schemes are being run in cities including London, Liverpool and Manchester during the first half of 2007.

The tour is also a chance to find out about the skills and training opportunities being provided by Creative & Cultural Skills and its partners. These include the Cultural Leadership Programme, the forthcoming Creative Knowledge Lab careers advice and guidance service and the proposed National Skills Academy for backstage and offstage staff in the music industry and performing arts.

Creative & Cultural Skills chief executive Tom Bewick said: "Since Creative & Cultural Skills launched in July 2005, we've engaged with over 2,000 creative and cultural organisations across the UK to assess their skills and training needs.

"These events are an opportunity for us to feedback on the work we have done to date, and to hear the views of employers and education providers on key skills issues. It's also a great way to get directly involved in shaping the future development of our industries.

"We're calling our tour 'Access all Areas' because, as an industry-led body, we want to provide an open door to everyone with an interest in skills and training in a sector that employs well over half a million people across the UK."

Access All Areas events in 2007 will take place at:

  • 23 January - Sage, Gateshead
  • 30 January - Komedia, Brighton
  • 6 February - Hat Factory, Luton
  • 8 February - Nottingham Playhouse
  • 13 February - Watershed, Bristol
  • 20 February - Lowry Centre, Manchester
  • 27 February - the Drum, Birmingham
  • 6 March - Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
  • 13 March - Waterfront, Belfast
  • 21 March - Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh
  • 27 March - Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds
  • 29 March - Rich Mix, London

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