On the 26th September, mentors, project partners and applicants gathered at Newcastle City Library in Newcastle City Centre to kick off the beginning of Generator’s programme, Ladders – a free programme helping young people in the North East aged 18-24 with an interest in the creative and digital industries.

All of us at TICE are delighted to be delivering the creative courses. Our wonderfully experienced and talented mentors, Sam, Chloe and Phil, were thrilled to take this opportunity to support young adults in their creative career paths.

To begin the programme, all of the Ladders partners were introduced to provide insight into this incredible opportunity. Firstly, Louise from Generator welcomed everyone and expressed their lead role in the programme.

youth-focus-ne-rgb-logo-smallAlex from Youth Focus, a company concerned with improving the lives of young people (primarily unemployed), spoke about their Employability Workshops which heavily involves personalised support into various pathways to success. Chris and Sue from Foundation Futures also stopped by to mention their Advice Clinics, available to help set targets, be supported through development on a qfqzyb8personal or professional level and improve confidence. From improving CVs to one-to-one personal advice, Ladders is providing extra support in addition to the phenomenal industry insight provided by our TICE mentors.

Loft Music Studios LogoThe music course has kicked off successfully in Loft Music Studios, already involving a wide perspective of music business and creation. Venues, studios, shops and music enterprises are going to explored in this course, a very interesting range of topics which is well-tailored to each beneficiary. Meanwhile, at Newcastle City Library, the Film/TV strand has welcomed many enthused students to a more practical NEWCASTLE-library-logo-300x156side of the digital media industries, including the technical craft of filmmaking and the art of visual storytelling. Software development, based at Campus North continues to be unique and influential in providing aspiring young developers with a campusnorth (1)continuous feed of information on this growing sector – from web development to gaming, this course is all about the future. In fact, Ladders is providing a future to these people through contacts, real industry insight and an ability to practically get involved with the creative industries – something which is rarely offered to young people in the North East. We’re delighted to be involved.

This is only a taste of what is to come over the next 8 weeks. Our very own TICE Bloggers, India, Olivia and Josh will be behind the scenes – documenting the growth and excitement of this programme. We will also be introducing a brand new aspect of the Ladders programme, entitled ‘Enterprise Support’. Keep updated and get involved with #LADDERS on social media. Make sure to follow us and tag us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for regular updates!