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Creative & Cultural Skills Conference and Awards 2019

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The Creative & Cultural Skills National Conference and Awards is a key moment in the calendar for employers, educators and policy-makers in the creative and cultural industries.

Now in its tenth year, the National Conference and Awards is heading to Cardiff!

Both events will be held on Monday 1st April 2019.

The National Conference will take place throughout the day in Cardiff City Hall and will be followed by the Awards that evening in the National Museum Cardiff.


National Conference: Registration from 10:30am, Conference11am - 4pm, Cardiff City Hall, Gorsedd Gardens Rd, Cardiff CF10 3ND

Awards: 6:30pm - 10pm, National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP




Barriers in the cultural sector

Simon Dancey, CEO, Creative & Cultural Skills
How we can address the inequalities in the cultural sector, learn best practices and debate amongst ourselves.

Tackling inclusion in Wales

Lord Elis-Thomas, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Welsh Assembly
The Welsh Assembly’s activities to promote diversity in the arts and cultural sector.

An Apprentice’s Story

Sonam Patel, Corporate Events and Weddings Officer, Cadw
From entry into the workforce through a creative apprenticeship, to a career with the historic environment service of the Welsh Government.

Diversity and recruitment

Phil George, Chair, Arts Council of Wales
What Arts Council Wales is doing to support recruiting and reflecting diversity within organisational structure and culture.

Panel debate – Breaking down the barriers

Kate Danielson, Director, Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries; Emma Green, Head of Diversity, Dept of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; Alex Porter-Smith, Co-founder, High Tide
Led by a panel from the cultural sector and government, with questions from the audience.


Breakout Sessions

  • Everything You Want to Know About Media, Broadcast and Production T Levels
  • Linking Schools and The Creative Economy
  • Creativity and Emerging Technologies
  • MAKE ART NOT WAR - a Creative Skills Programme
  • Analysis of the Creative & Cultural Workforce
  • How Local Workforce Can Connect With Creative Industry Clusters


Creative thinking and creativity

Bill Lucas, Director, Centre for Real-World Learning
How are schools preparing the future workforce for entry into the creative and cultural sector?

Presentation: Creative Careers Programme

Simon Dancey, Creative & Cultural Skills, Seetha Kumar, Screenskills; Alan Bishop, Creative Industries Federation
Working together to support careers advisers, teachers, parents and guardians, and thousands of young people, to better understand the sector and the range of careers within it.

Developing a creative workforce

Graeme Farrow, Artistic Director, Wales Millennium Centre
How Wales Millennium Centre is showing leadership to the sector for entry routes and progression in the workforce.

Apprentice discussion

Sharing experiences from across the UK’s apprentices, with questions from the audience.


Breakout sessions are now open to book. Take a look at the description of each session, and make your choice by emailing conference@ccskills.org.uk. Places are limited and spaces will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Awards categories

  • Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by Blue Raincoat Music)
  • Intern of the Year
  • Training Provider of the Year
  • Creative Choices (sponsored by The Stage)
  • Employer of the Year
  • Mentor of the Year
  • Trainer of the Year

View the 2019 Shortlist on our website!

Tickets for the Awards ceremony have now SOLD OUT. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact conference@ccskills.org.uk


‘Early-bird’ tickets - Conference and Awards combo - £100.00. Expires 31 December.
*Awards only - £60.00
Conference only - apprentice/intern rate - £36.00
Conference only - £144.00
Conference and Awards combo - £186.00

* Tables of 10 can can be booked for £500. Contact conference@ccskills.org.uk to enquire about availability.

All prices are inclusive of VAT

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