Introduction to the Creative Industries

Take that next step

The Workshop is excited to announce the launch of our 2023 Introduction to the Creative Industries Programme. It’s for 16-25-year-olds and will introduce learners to the wide variety of work and roles that exist within the creative industries and support them to take their next steps into training or work. Please find more information in the below sections.

This programme is for 16-25-years-old who have some experience in the arts and are interested in pursuing a career in the creative industries. This introductory programme will touch on a range of topics, designed to inspire you and capture your interest for future training and work. 

This programme is not designed to give you specific practical training in any artform but is intended to widen your understanding of different creative careers, introduce you to local creative and cultural organisations, help you explore local opportunities, and give you an insight into the careers of people working locally in the creative industries and into the pathways / journeys they have taken to get where they are today.

The weekly sessions will help you think about what skills you want to learn from here and identify how the ones you already have can help you take your next steps. 

The programme starts on Wednesday 15 November 2023. The weekly group sessions run for five weeks until Wednesday 13 December. One-to-one mentoring continues until Wednesday 20 December. 


Group training sessions take place on Wednesdays from 11am-1pm, starting Wednesday 15 November for five weeks and finishing on Wednesday 13 December.

Industry expert talks and organisation visits will take place on Wednesdays from 2pm-3pm, starting Wednesday 15 November for five weeks and finishing on Wednesday 13 December.

Individual mentoring weekly sessions will start the week commencing 20 November for five weeks and finish by Friday 22 December. These are arranged individually at a convenient time for you and your mentor.

Overview: Wednesdays 11am-1pm group training (two hours), Wednesdays 2pm-3pm industry expert talks / organisation visits (two hours), mentoring arranged at a suitable time between mentor and individuals (up to one hour). 

This is an introduction to the creative industries and as such will touch on a range of topics. These include: The creative industries – jobs, roles, sectors, what creative jobs am I interested in, what existing skills do I have, what skills do I need.

Learning, training and experience opportunities – project management including how to manage my own creative projects, finding local jobs and creative opportunities. The life of a freelancer – how to become self-employed.

Your mentor will also be able to introduce you to individuals and organisations specific to your interests. Partner organisations offer either talks about specific job roles or site tours to give you a flavour of their working environments.

To build your confidence, inspire you and support you into training, education, work experience, volunteering, employment or self-employment.


Your mentor is there to give advice and guidance tailored to your needs and interests. When you find something interesting on the programme you and your mentor can discuss it and see what opportunities exist for further learning. Your mentor will also use the sessions to record what you are learning, what skills you are developing and set you targets to achieve.


There are no qualifications attached to this programme. Success will be 80% or higher in attendance alongside supporting you on to your next step for a creative career. This will differ for each person on the programme and may involve one or more of the following – training, education, work experience, volunteering, employment.


The Wednesday group sessions will take place at The Workshop, New Conduit Street, Vancouver Quarter, Kings Lynn, PE30 1DL.

The Wednesday industry expert talks and organisation trips will take place at The Workshop or at local creative organisations’ venues.

Your weekly one-to-one mentoring session can take place at The Workshop or via Zoom. This will be arranged by you and your mentor to suit you both. 

If you cannot afford the travel costs, we may be able to help. Please talk to us about this at interview.


Please email recruitment@theworkshop.org.uk. In the email header please write ICI Application. In the email, please tell us your name and give us a contact email and phone number that you are happy for us to use to arrange an interview and initial assessment to find out if you are suitable for the programme. This will take place either in person at The Workshop or via Zoom.


This programme is free. If you gain a place, it is important that you are aware that this programme has been made possible by The Norfolk Community Foundations’ West Norfolk Employment Fund.


here's what our norwich ici cohort thought

The Introduction to the Creative Industries Programme has changed the lives of cohorts at our sister venue The Garage in Norwich. Here are Ruby, Arthur, Molly, and Juno‘s stories. Or watch our video with Arthur below.