Pauline Tambling CBE

Creative & Cultural Skills

Pauline is helping young people get through the door and into the creative and cultural industries.

She is the CEO at Creative & Cultural Skills, a campaigning organisation that champions youth employment and fair access.

Its mission – to give young people opportunities to work and learn in the creative industries – intends to ensure that employers benefit from a skilled and diverse generation of talent. In 2013, it launched ‘Building a Creative Nation’ with the aim of creating 6,500 jobs for young people across the creative industries in 1,000 days.

It is encouraging the UK’s 107,000 creative businesses to go even further and create 50,000 opportunities to help stem the tide of youth unemployment. It delivers its aims through the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural, a network of education and industry partners working together to improve the provision of skills and training for the creative and cultural industries. In September 2016 Creative & Cultural Skills will launch a new National College at High House Production Park in Purfleet, Essex.

Pauline believes in the present strength and potential of the UK’s creative sector, but wants to ensure that this status endures over the long-term, principally, by offering creative careers to young people, regardless of their background.

She previously worked at Arts Council England in five senior roles; she is chair of Shape (an arts and disability organisation in London) and is a board member of the Clore Leadership Programme and the Roundhouse.  Pauline was awarded a CBE in in 2014.

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