See behind the scenes of Bristol’s creative and digital industry

13th November 2018

Business West has teamed up with Bristol Media and the BBC Academy to give guests a unique opportunity this November.

As part of Digital Cities Bristol, between 26th and 30th November, creative and digital businesses across Bristol will be opening their doors to offer a behind the scenes glimpse of this exciting industry.

On offer are careers workshops, questions and answer sessions with experts, tours of premises and advice from the professionals.

Carole Sartain, Creative and Digital Business Skills Adviser at Business West commented, “The Open Doors programme of events is a great opportunity for students especially, to see what life is really like in this industry, to get a clear idea of whether it is for them and to see the range of jobs on offer. It could also be of interest to people thinking about a change of career but who want more information before they take the leap!”

20 companies are taking part this year, covering a wide range of the creative and digital industry, from marketing, recruitment, virtual reality and robotics, to TV and film production, post production and branding.

Nicky Williams, Head of Skills West at Business West commented, “We’re thrilled with the amount and range of companies who have signed up this year. It’s really important for students and young people have the opportunity to see how a business really works and to find out what skills, qualifications and experience they need to break into it. We can only ensure this happens with the support of businesses in the region who are willing to give up their time to put on events like these.”

Bristol Media Director Paul Appleby said, “Our industry is creating new jobs all the time, but it’s hard for young people to see the potential to work in creative agencies – careers advice is pretty poor, and if you don’t have a first contact, building that all-import network is a challenge. Bristol Media exists to connect people, and companies are happy to engage in the Open Doors programme to show what they do, what the work is like (it’s fun!) and the type of people that thrive. It could be the first step in building a network, and a career.”

The participating companies have all pledged their support to the future workforce by agreeing to take part in the Open Doors programme. If you’re interested in giving your time or knowledge to the next generation of workers, you can find out more about pledging and get involved here.

Spaces are limited at these events, so make sure you book your space early to avoid disappointment. You can view the whole list of events here.

Digital Cities Bristol 2018 is a week-long programme of free, inspirational learning and networking opportunities aimed at developing the skills of both the current and next generation of content makers working in the creative industries. The Digital Cities project has run successfully in Bristol for five years, bringing industry partners together to boost their region’s digital and production skills and acting as a catalyst for exciting collaborations within the creative sector.


About Bristol Creative Industries

Bristol Creative Industries is the membership network that supports the region's creative sector to learn, grow and connect, driven by the common belief that we can achieve more collectively than alone. 

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