Dexter agrees that arts make us more employable

Having taken both Design & Technology and art at GCSE level, I am able to wholeheartedly say that they have given me many skills that other subjects couldn’t offer such as creativity, confidence, perseverance and focus.

Not only are these transferable skills helpful in day to day life, including my job, but they have also helped me to develop the confidence, attention to detail and communication skills which are useful when applying for jobs and being interviewed. 

I use these skills in my current role at Edge whilst designing leaflets and updating the website.

Taking the arts subjects has also played a huge part in some of my main interests outside of my role at Edge such as website design, photography and videography. If I hadn’t studied arts subjects at school I may never have had the key skills that are essential to do what I enjoy the most and to a high standard. 

The Employability & Enterprise Briefing is the second in a series from the Cultural Learning Alliance and published in partnership with Edge. The publication outlines how engaging in the arts makes children and young people more employable and benefits the wider UK economy. It includes research which demonstrates that the skills we learn studying arts subjects help us to get a job, and evidence which shows that the creative industries are our international economic life-raft. 

The creative industries together are a key part of UK industry, generating around £92 billion per annum and making up more than 5% of the UK’s economy. They are one of the fastest growing sectors, growing at more than twice the rate of the UK economy as a whole. They directly employ some two million people and are responsible for nearly 10%, or £20 billion, of the UK’s annual service exports

‘Businesses are clear that the biggest drivers of success for young people are attitudes and attributes such as resilience, enthusiasm and creativity.’ CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey 2017  

‘Arts-based education is much more than just a nice-to-have extra. It enhances cultural capital and develops flexible, marketable skills … empathy, resilience and an ability to adapt. There is a huge and diverse range of job opportunities available in the creative industries, which is a successful and growing part of our economy.’ Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall, Hansard HL Deb (14 September 2017)

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