During the Creative Enterprise Week, a series of events, talks, and activities in partnership with the University of the Arts London, focused on helping people thinking creatively and turning creative ideas into potential reality.
All events are free for UAL students, staff, and alumni, and represent a good opportunity for those ones interested in a freelance career, artistic and social enterprise, or in the launch of a startup.
The varied range of activities involves and pools the thinking and practising skills that are required to start or launch a creative entrepreneurial career.
Very important is the attention that the Creative Enterprise Week focuses on the youth unemployment during an event hosted by LCC tutors and students from the Creative Entrepreneurship CTS course. Nowadays, unemployment affects more than 4.5 million young people within the European Union, as stated in an article published by The Guardian.
In the same article, Lessons from Europe: how projects supporting care leavers are transforming live, is highlighted that reached the age of 18, ‘care leavers are more likely to not be in employment, education or training, to be socially excluded or homeless and make up a disproportionate percentage of the prison population’ (2016). That is why social and cultural events as the Creative Enterprise Week are crucial in meeting young people’s needs, so to ensure that youngsters have the support and skills required to access employment and/or continue to education.
Among young people, there are strong and potential minds whose contribution is fundamental regarding improvements in social and economic condition.
So the point is not in changing young people because of the lack of employability, but to educate them in order to improve their learning abilities and teaching them how the move the first step in the job market.
That is the reason why the Creative Enterprise Week is such an important resource regards non-formal education in responding to youth unemployment. Also, this is a resourceful opportunity to have meetings with experts sharing their knowledge in areas from marketing strategies to business planning.
Creative Enterprise Week. (2016). Home – Creative Enterprise Week. [online] Available at: http://creativeenterpriseweek.com [Accessed 16 Nov. 2016].
Montero, A. (2016). Lessons from Europe: how projects supporting care leavers are transforming lives. [online] the Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2016/nov/10/lessons-from-europe-how-projects-supporting-care-leavers-are-transforming-lives [Accessed 15 Nov. 2016].