The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is calling on teachers and careers advisers to sign up for its first ever careers event for educators, being held at its HQ at 195 Piccadilly, London, on Thursday 9th November.
With the creative industries worth over £84bn to the UK and growing at twice the rate of the rest of the economy (Dept for Digital, Culture, Media & Sports, gov.uk 201&), the event is designed to showcase the wide variety of opportunities available to young people in this thriving sector.
At the free event teachers will be invited to join panel discussions, workshops and breakout sessions covering subjects as diverse as talent spotting, career pathways, skills shortages, regional employment hubs and the realities of self-employment.
BAFTA award winning industry professionals will give first hand insights into how young people can get their talent noticed, the skills required to forge a successful career and training opportunities.
Teachers will also have the chance to try out BATA’s new online Careers Quiz, http://guru.bafta.org/careers-quiz, at the event.
The personality-based quiz takes young people through real life scenarios and based on their responses, suggests careers within the creative industries that fit with their natural aptitudes.
Each role is supported with a wealth of information on skills needed, routes into the career, as well as films from individuals already working in those roles, making the film an ideal classroom resource or content for careers and options evenings.
Tim Hunter, BAFTA’s Director of Learning and New Talent commented: “We know that it can be challenging for teachers and careers advisers to give sound, up-to-date advice on getting into these industries as they’re evolving so fast. New roles are emerging all the time and the routes into film, games and television can be less formal and structured than in other sectors.
“Through our new BAFTA Creative Careers Showcase and Careers Quiz we want to show educators and young people that if you find the right career fit, have the benefit of quality information and mentors, and know how to access training and networking opportunities, there’s a good chance of securing a job doing something you really love.”
Booking a ticket
To register for a free ticket for BAFTA’s first Creative Careers Showcase Event on Thursday 9th November from 1pm – 5pm, teachers should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday 2nd November.