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Learning to work in the creative and cultural sector: new spaces, pedagogies and expertise


March 1, 2010

Author: David John Guile

Institution: Department of Lifelong and Comparative Education, Institute of Education, London

Full reference: Guile, D. (2010) ‘Learning to work in the creative and cultural sector: new spaces, pedagogies and expertise’ Journal of Education Policy 25 (4): 465–484

Summary of key findings

This paper questions assumptions about the link between qualifications and access to employment in the creative and cultural sector. The author observes that labour market conditions in the creative and cultural sector do not reflect the prevailing, conventional wisdom that qualifications are the ‘magic bullet’ for securing employment. The paper suggests that the UK’s policy formation process inhibits education and training actors from countering these labour market conditions. It demonstrates how non-government agencies (‘intermediary organizations’) are creating new spaces to assist aspiring entrants to develop the requisite forms of ‘vocational practice’, ‘social capital’ and ‘moebius strip’ (i.e., entrepreneurial) expertise to enter and succeed in the sector. It concludes by identifying a number of: (a) new principles for the governance of education and training at the national level; (b) pedagogic strategies to facilitate ‘horizontal’ transitions into and within the creative and cultural sector; and (c) skill formation issues for all education and training stakeholders to address.

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