BBC Bitesize visited Macmillan Academy on their first North East schools tour promoting careers within the creative sector. Creative industries employment is predicted to increase by 5.3% over the next six years, which is double that of the average rate of employment*. The Bitesize tour offered a wonderful opportunity to inform our students, in a fun and informative way.
The workshop hosted live panel discussion, featuring guests from local companies operating in the creative industries. BBC Saturday Mash Up presenter Jonny Nelson, hosted the event and said "It's great to be able to visit schools in this region - we've been warmly welcomed- this is a chance to talk to students in person about our jobs in the creative world, offering them a glimpse behind the scenes as well as some ideas about how they could take their first steps into a creative career." Guests talked about their own personal stories of success and failures as they made their way into the world of work. Their careers were in broadcast journalism, music, events, TV research and acting.
Dan Gooding, BBC Learning Executive Producer said "The creative world of work can be competitive and confusing. Whether they're deciding what to study, taking exams, planning a career, or just curious, the BBC Bitesize Schools tour will help pupils get an a insight into the creative industries. Hopefully we can dispel some myths and offer encouragement with advice from people who've found the right path for them."
For further information on subjects in the curriculum, study guides and articles on how to choose options, dealing with stress and how to study, go to www.bbc.com/bitesize