Creative Café gives young people a taste of business

Young people from Bexhill were among those who gathered at the De La Warr Pavilion to experience a spotlight on careers in the creative industries at a Creative Café .

The event, developed by Culture Shift and Young Enterprise (YE), offered students a day full of activities. In the morning eight creative professionals volunteered their time to talk about working in the Creative Industries and to give an insight into their world of work. They set a series of creative challenges giving youngsters a taste of what it takes to budget and programme a festival, story board for animation, be an architect, a publisher, a journalist, get ahead as an actor and promote yourself as an artist.

In the afternoon, the focus shifted to entrepreneurial skills. YE provided an opportunity for students to develop their employability skills through a business game. The De La Warr Pavilion (DLWP) auditorium was turned into a trading floor as small groups competed to make and sell a line of products. An energetic frenzy filled the afternoon as students honed their skills in buying, selling and negotiation.

This activity was supported by YE volunteers who acted as buyers, bank managers and shopkeepers.

One young person who attended the event enthused: “I learnt about the world of work and different types of roles portrayed in the creative world. An amazing day!”

And one of the business personnel involved said: “This is part of the schools preparation for life skills was great to see. The youngsters were a credit to their schools.”

Creative Café is a Culture Shift programme and receives funding through Arts Council England.