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Making the case for developing 21st century skills through cultural education
Curious Minds' Head of Careers & Employability, Holly Ball, considers the vital skills cultural education offers young people, as they prepare for a rapidly changing and unpredictable employment landscape.
As the world around us continues to shift and change, the concept of work and having a job will look very different to how we would define it today. This means that we need to take a skills-based approach to preparing young people for a successful future. If we don’t know what jobs will exist in the future, then we must focus on developing behaviours and attributes that will apply to a wide range of workplace opportunities and scenarios. Making them ready for whatever the world of work looks like when they are ready to enter it.
To those of us operating in the world of cultural education these skills will sound familiar. Discussion around a piece of artwork promotes empathy and understanding for its subject, exploring dance styles from different cultures develops cultural intelligence. The creative process is an important tool to help children and young people recognise, develop and articulate crucial skills for the future. We need to strengthen this further and generate greater understanding, so more people value the role cultural education plays in developing skills for the 21st century.
If you are a teacher reading this then please speak to your Careers Leader about how creative and cultural activities can develop employability skills. If you are a creative practitioner reading this then please talk to your school partners about their careers strategy and discuss how you can contribute to their plans.