Attracting and retaining a wide and diverse talent pool is a must for any forward-thinking team. Yet those from privileged backgrounds are more than twice as likely as those from working class backgrounds to land a job in a creative occupation, dominating key creative roles in the sector.
What goes on in the creative sector plays a significant role in shaping the national conversation – representation matters. This sector knows better than any other that diversity breeds creativity. Forward thinking employers within the industry are already making socio-economic inclusion a goal in their organisations, but we know there is still much work to be done.
We invite you to join us for a discussion on the importance of socio-economic inclusion within the Creative Industries – about how you as leaders and employers can make the practical changes to make the goal – that of a diverse and inclusive creative sector – a reality.
Social Mobility Commissioner, and Editor-in-Chief at ELLE UK, Farrah Storr will chair the panel discussion, and will be joined by Industry insiders who through first-hand experience understand how challenging it is to access the sector and their thoughts on what practical changes are needed to ensure the creative industries become more inclusive.
We’ll also be joined by Heather Carey from the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) who will provide us with insight into their third paper in their ‘Class and the Creative Industries programme’.
At the event, we’ll be sharing findings and guidance from our Employers’ toolkit due to be published late September 2021. Working with industry bodies, charities and employers within the sector, as well as generating new analysis and industry benchmarks, the Social Mobility Commission has created a ‘Socio-economic diversity and inclusion toolkit for Creative Industries’. It is intentionally stretching in its commentary and recommendations, and it presents a roadmap for employers in the sector to drive improvements in society, the economy and people’s lives.
The PEC report ‘Social mobility in the creative economy: rebuilding and levelling up’, published on 9 September 2021, will make the case for sharpening the focus on socio-economic diversity, set out the priorities for building a more socially inclusive creative economy and shape an agenda for change.