Talent Accelerator

Research & Evaluation

Context

The Talent Accelerator concept has been in development for nearly two years by the South East Creative Economy Network, as part of its Prospectus on the future of the creative economy in the South East.

The underpinning skills commitment from this network was to support the talent, skills training, apprenticeships and careers advice that will help secure the future of the local creative industries.

The ambition is that, for every age from 0-25, children and young people will be able to work with artists, undertake appropriate work-related experiences authentic to the creative industries and to develop their own creative employment / enterprise potential.

A working group was established in 2017, supported by Kent County Council Arts & Culture Service, and put forward the idea of a ‘digital playlist’ of employer-led projects and real-life project briefs, with different entry-points to children and young people depending on their age. The working group included representatives from Artswork, KCC, Royal Opera House Bridge, Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company and Screen South.

Challenge

always possible was commissioned to develop the model further and to look at project case studies across the South East LEP area.

The report and executive summary needed to look at case studies of what could make a Talent Accelerator project work, and how a central framework might be established.

The investigation had to consider physical zones of activity alongside the digital playlist and how any creative skills project (new or existing) with a clear employer/business challenge component could be categorised by type and intended outcome. We needed to consider how identify gaps or duplication, so that a more equitable range of creative industry and work-related experiences can be engineered across each zone drawing in a more diverse set of participants.

Intervention

  • Literature review
  • Research
  • Design
  • Project modelling
  • Strategic recommendations

Outcome

  • Detailed case study comparison ✓
  • Visual modeling ✓
  • Executive summary ✓
  • Presentations to strategic network groups ✓
  • Pilot projects ✓
  • Representation at regional and national level ✓
  • £400k of investment in one county to test and scale ✓
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