Young students take part in Creative Careers taster

Students from Tudor Grange Academy, Worcester, had their eyes opened to a range of careers within the creative industry at a taster event hosted by Severn Arts during Discover! Creative Careers Week.

As part of the nationwide initiative, Severn Arts opened its doors to students to come and discover more about the rich and varied roles within the creative industry. Across the morning, students heard about the experiences and highlights of Severn Arts’ Chief Executive, the Director and Deputy Director of Learning and Festivals Director, and took part in a series of hands-on workshops.

Hartlebury-based Design Agency Creative Mouse introduced the year 9 students to graphic design and branding, and Mike Hamilton from The Real Music Video Company had the students shooting and taking part in media interviews. Paul Withers from Music Tribe talked about his passion for electronics and his involvement in synthesizer development, artist Jaime Jackson from Saltroad invited contributions to his latest project ‘Women at Work’ and Kevin Gwilliam from Severn Arts gave the students insight in to the profession of an instrument technician by dismantling and reassembling a cornet.

Amy, a Tudor Grange Academy student, said: “I really enjoyed learning about the various roles in the creative arts and am now considering some of these options in my future. I especially enjoyed filming an interview and thinking about what I’d like to change as part of the larger digital art project.”

Chris Dent, lead teacher of media studies, Tudor Grange Academy, said: “Our students had a fantastic time learning about the creative careers industry and the opportunities available that they hadn’t considered. It was great to see them engage in the workshops put on by the Severn Arts team and creative arts industry specialists.

Laura Worsfold, Severn Arts Chief Executive added: “We are all passionate about what we do so really enjoyed the morning and very much hope the Tudor Grange Academy students went away with new ideas and feeling inspired. There are so many different and interesting career opportunities within the creative industries, but they can also be quite hidden. Discover! Creative Careers Week is a great way to raise awareness and encourage conversations with young people.”

Photo caption, left to right: Chris Dent, lead teacher of media studies; students Oliver and Ben, Tudor Grange Academy; Elaine Knight, Arts Director, Severn Arts; Laura Worsfold, Chief Executive, Severn Arts; and students Aimee and Faith, Tudor Grange Academy.