A project has been launched to help unlock the creative talents of Crewe’s young people and inspire them to take up careers in digital and creative industries.
MakoCreate has been commissioned by Cheshire East Council to deliver a three-year project offering young people, who are facing challenging circumstances, opportunities to learn new skills, get hands-on experience and find out about the different routes into creative careers and the roles available.
The programme will cover a whole host of subjects including animation, computer game design, coding, photography, film making, graphic design, drones and audio engineering.
A range of taster sessions will be available as well as longer-term projects, which will allow participants of all abilities to be involved.
The programme is part of the council’s commitment to supporting the Crewe Cultural Strategy, which seeks to support regeneration and put culture and heritage at the heart of a newly invigorated town centre. The strategy prioritises both opportunities for young people and the development of the digital and creative industries.
Councillor Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for environment and regeneration, said: “The creative digital sector is one of the fastest growing nationally and is a major contributor to the economy in Cheshire East, with Crewe among the top places in the UK for this industry*.
“We know that there are many young people in Crewe who have the talent and potential that this sector is looking for but are also facing challenges in accessing the creative opportunities found within mainstream education.
“Through this programme, we want to help bridge that gap and provide these young people with pathways into work and support them to gain qualifications – helping to unlock their talent and meet the industry demand that’s there.”
The programme is open to young people aged 11 to 25 and builds on the work of Cheshire East Council’s Shift programme, which promotes digital arts and creative technology across the borough and has been running since 2016.
Sean O'Hare, partner at Cheshire-based MakoCreate – an organisation providing engaging and creative training in digital art, multimedia and technology – said: “We are extremely happy to have been commissioned by Cheshire East Council to deliver this programme.
“From our previous work as part of Shift, we have seen that there is a huge appetite for digital-themed programming in Crewe, especially among young people, and we can’t wait to get started.
“We believe that this programme has real potential to increase the number of residents working in creative industries.”