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Building a 21st century workforce across the creative and cultural industries

Thomson, Sam


Sam Thomson


Both nationally & locally the creative & cultural workforce is still not truly representative of modern Britain. Crucially, in the region our industries are missing out on the diverse range of skills, ideas & experience that are essential to the sustained growth of a highly regarded & thriving sector.

•The action is for Bristol & Bath to set it's agenda...
•Can we lead the way both locally & nationally?
•What can we do together to move from funding dependent schemes to best business recruitment practice?
•What prevents the development of a truly diverse workforce?
•How can we ensure fair access across our industry?

An open and honest forum for employers, young people, education, careers advisors, key influencers and funders to participate in an action based conversation.

Also joining us to share the national & local picture;

Phil Gibby - Area Director, Arts Council South West

Jo Welch - Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Creative Skillset

Elonka Soros - BBC Diversity Editor, leading on BBC Diversity actions

Will Hahn - Programme Director, Creative & Cultural Skills

Come and help us;
•explore the key challenges through the eyes of those trying to sustain a career,
•what funding schemes & initiatives are available here & nationally,
•build on existing reports & programmes in the region (ELEBCIS report 2013),
•drive change & help set the agenda for Bristol & Bath by feeding into the next steps.

The workshop will be chaired by;

Roger Griffith - Director of Ujima Radio

Liz Gadd - Director, Represent Social Enterprise & Recruitment Consultant

Jo Randall - Director, Represent Social Enterprise & Director of Purple Fish PR

Sam Thomson - University of West of England & Co-author ELEBCIS report

Paul Appleby - Chair for the Creative Sector Group, West of England LEP & Bristol Media

Nicky Williams - Creative & Digital Skills Adviser, 'Creative Skills Hub' West of England LEP

The actions of the workshop will be fed into the Diversity Wins Panel at Engine Shed

on Friday 6th February & build on a joined up strategy for the region.


Thomson, S. (2015, February). Building a 21st century workforce across the creative and cultural industries. Presented at Digital Bristol Week 2015, BBC Broadcasting House

Presentation Conference Type Other
Conference Name Digital Bristol Week 2015
Conference Location BBC Broadcasting House
Start Date Feb 2, 2015
End Date Feb 2, 2015
Publication Date Feb 2, 2015
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords creative, cultural, diversity, labourmarket, fair access, West of England
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Digital Bristol Week 2015

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