Blackburn College Becomes a Creative Arts Leader

Blackburn College becomes a Creative Arts Leader

Blackburn College has become the first college in the North West to achieve Leadership College status from the National Skills Academy.

This will see Blackburn College take a strategic lead in driving initiatives, influencing education policy and partnering with the National Skills Academy to develop the National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries.

Annie Kerfoot – Head of School – Creative & Digital said: “Achieving Leadership College status from the National Skills Academy is significant because it confirms Blackburn College’s position as a thought leader within education and the creative industries. Our growing relationship with the National Skills Academy reinforces our commitment to creating opportunities for young people to work and learn in the creative industries.”

The Leadership Colleges of the National Skills Academy recognise the significance of the creative and cultural industries to the UK economy. They go the extra mile to ensure the continued growth of the sector by shaping the skills development needed to sustain it.

The partnership will see Blackburn College work directly with the National Skills Academy to jointly influence policymakers in both education and the creative industries and drive employer engagement with education to develop new opportunities for creative sector growth across the UK.

One of the first projects the College is involved in is 14-18 Now – an arts programme commemorating the centenary of the First World War. The programme will see students answer to leading contemporary artist Bob and Roberta Smith who has challenged 1,000 students to respond to the question ‘What does peace mean to you?’.

Responses will form part of a project titled Make Art Not War and will encompass writing, art, design, photography, theatre and film. Students from Leadership Colleges will work for a term with an artist facilitator, who will support them in creating their responses.

Leadership College status comes hot on the heels of Blackburn College being awarded funding from the Education and Training Foundation, as part of its Taking Teaching Further initiative. The initiative supports the ongoing exchange between FE providers and industry so that students can gain the knowledge and skills that employers need.

10 Dec 2018, 15:48 PM