Writing & Publishing Skills Hub

Delivered by New Writing North

Launched in Autumn 2022 the Writing and Publishing Skills Hub is empowering people across the region with an exciting range of courses, activities and events to build skills and careers in the sector. 

Over three years, New Writing North’s Skills Hub will offer numerous opportunities including, school roadshows, networking, business training, professional development, conferences, and courses for aspiring creatives.  

The initiative aims to create or enhance 16 areas of work, fostering industry pathways and promoting unique skills growth in the region which will, 

  • Enhance literacy skills. 
  • Support writers and creative freelancers. 

Skills for music, theatre and performing arts

Delivered by Generator

Developed in close consultation with industry partners and world-recognised experts, to create unique qualifications to give you the knowledge and understanding to begin a new career in the music and live performance industries, whatever your background. Skills delivery includes, 

  • New Level 3 qualifications 
  • Clear career progression and entry-level job opportunities 
  • Off-stage technical, creative, and managerial roles

Technical Skills for Music, Theatre and Performing Arts 

Delivered with Newcastle College and Susan French Events, in real working venues – including partners Northern Stage and Live Theatre – by working professionals, giving you the skills you need to work in the smallest grass-roots venue up to the largest arena. Starting September 2023. 

Diploma in Creative Entrepreneurship 

Delivered with TheWRD from The Ivors Academy, designed to help you develop yourself, your smarts and the connections you need to pursue a creative career in music – from management to publishing to production. 

For more information head to generator.org.uk

Making Creativity Works

Delivered by Signpost Productions (part of ITV) and Beacon Film

Making Creativity Works is a skills training course led by industry experts who will help equip learners for a career in film, television or video production.  

The programme aims to improve diversity in the screen sector and offers over 100 hours of hands on-training to support knowledge to develop a career in the industry. Delivered in partnership between Signpost Productions and Beacon Films, two North-East production companies that work with deaf, hearing, disabled and non-disabled screen creatives.  

The course includes a series of production-based modules, and no previous experience is necessary.  

A percentage of those taking part in Making Creativity Works are expected to gain paid employment after participating in the programme. This can include short paid placements, such as being a runner on a production, freelance work, further training or work experience opportunities. 

For more information head to signpostproductions.tv 


Skills and Talent Development Pathways for Creative Practitioners

Delivered by The Newbridge Project

Delivered in partnership with Newcastle University, our artist development work is sector-leading, and needs-led. We offer pathways for freelancers to develop high-level skills in creative arts practice through a range of programmes and activities. 

Skills development work is delivered through three core programmes.  

  • Create/Disrupt, for creatives and aspiring creatives with no formal education interested in pursuing a career in the arts.  
  • The Collective Studio, a graduate development programme for recent graduates and creatives with no formal education working at an equivalent standard.  
  • Practice Makes Practice, an artist career development programme developed by artists for artists We offer bursaries for membership and placements on these programmes to remove financial barriers. 

Three people in an art class holding bits of their craftwork

For more information head to thenewbridgeproject.com 

For more information about our full Skills for Growth programme head to our Education, Inclusion and Skills page.