Weekly Roundup (17-21 June 2013)

21 June 2013

A round-up of this week's news and activities from across the arts, cultural and education sector.

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Creative Employment Programme

The second round of applications to the Creative Employment Programme has created 84 apprenticeships and 45 internships for unemployed young people across England. This brings the total number of jobs created to 298 since the programme was launched in March. Read more

Boris Johnson has announced that he has allocated £1.5m to help London-based small and medium-sized businesses to take on young people as apprentices in London. Read more

Creative Free School opening in North London

For those young people (aged 14-19) failing to thrive in mainstream education, a new creative free school offering performing arts and media provision is due to open in September 2014. Read more

Careers advice for young people

The head of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), John Cridland, claims that careers guidance must improve for young people who faced with a rapidly changing labour market. Read more

Artsmart 2013

From this week until 5 July 2013, the University of Arts London is running a summer festival of events, activities and workshops to help students develop practical skills to build their careers in the creative industries. Read more

One Million - Creative Response

Tangled Feet is welcoming provocations and creative responses on themes about youth unemployment in the UK as they create their latest production One Million as an attempt to tackle this urgent issue. Read more

Family Arts Festival 2013 & 2014

This week saw the public launch of the first Family Arts Festival which aims to increase family participation in the arts. The Festival, which will run this year from 18 October to 3 November, will include different theatre, dance, music and visual arts events. Read more

It was also announced that London venues such as the Barbican, Sadler's Wells and Shakespeare's Globe are among the 200 cultural organisations that will take part in the festival. Read more

Parliamentary arts debate

This week , the Shadow Culture Secretary Harriet Harman led a major debate in the House of Commons on the arts and the future of the creative industries. Read more and find the full transcript of the debate here

A further review of the debate can be found on Charlotte Higgins' latest blog. Read the chief arts writer of the Guardian blog here