New principal for National College for Creative and Cultural Industries in Purfleet

JANE Button, Director of Learning at Lambeth College will take on a new role as Principal for the first ever government backed college for the Creative and Cultural Industries.

Jane has worked in four colleges, most recently as Director of Learner Journey at Lambeth College where she was part of the college’s Senior Leadership Group. She has been responsible for marketing & communications, customer service & administration, admissions, careers, work experience, safeguarding and the pastoral offer.

On the appointment, Pauline Tambling CBE, CEO of Creative & Cultural Skills said, “Jane Button brings a wide range of experience of working in the post-16 education sector as a teacher, middle manager and senior leader. Jane’s background in the creative industries and in providing excellent opportunities for students and learners is impressive. Her commitment to what we are setting out to do with our new national College is evident.”

The National College was founded by Creative & Cultural Skills on behalf of a consortium of employers and industry organisations including Live Nation, Royal Opera House, BBC, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Manchester Royal Exchange, National Theatre, Ambassadors Theatre Group, White Light, BECTU and the Association of British Theatre Technicians. It will provide specialist training in the technical skills needed by the creative and cultural industries.

The National College will welcome its first students in September 2016 to study a new Level 4 Professional Diploma in Technical and Production. The first term will be in collaboration with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures & Re:Bourne as the company will be resident at High House Production Park in the Autumn making a major large-scale new work for UK and international touring.

On 19th May 2016, The Backstage Centre will host a Technical Arts open evening for young people and parents to find out more about technical and production careers, including studying at The National College.

At the open evening, guests will hear a presentation from leading employers in the creative industries, hear from young people working in the creative industries, and have an opportunity to meet our professional backstage technicians and have a go themselves.

The National College’s Technical and Production Professional Diploma is designed to equip students for a job as a technician in any theatre, music or live events

venue in the country. After one year, students will be able to start a career working behind-the-scenes in theatres and at gigs, concerts and live events, contributing to lighting, sound and production management.

In March 2016 it was announced there will be a new £9 million building project at High House Production Park. The new investment will include new residential accommodation which will open up National College opportunities to students from all parts of the UK and internationally. This is due to open in 2018.

The National College will be providing details of its newly constructed board and new chair following the open evening on the 19th May.

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