SCHOOLCHILDREN keen to get into the creative arts industry were given an insight into the business during a conference at West Cheshire College's Ellesmere Port campus.
The day-long event aimed to give 150 pupils, aged 15 to 18 from schools across Ellesmere Port and Chester, knowledge about the careers available to them in the creative arts industry and what pathways they can take to increase their chances of employment.
The day gave them the chance to try their hand at workshops in games technologies, graphic design, film making, street dance, theatre and music technology.
People with experience in the industry spoke about their specialist areas and were also on hand to give advice.
They included Lisa Harding, director of Cheshire and Warrington Creative Industries Network who put the opportunities available in creative arts into a regional context, Tim Daly, West Cheshire College's creative arts area manager, who talked about how to make it in art and design using examples of student success and Lynne McCadden, director of Media Training Northwest, a specialist trainer for the broadcast and e-media industries, discussed how media is changing.
Ruth Jones, the college's manager for 14-19 services, who arranged the conference said: 'The creative arts industry is an important and growing sector on the North West. We held the conference to try and make sure that young people are aware of what's on offer and how to make the most of it.
'The event proved to be really successful and the speakers gave some really good advice to students.'