Creative Industries Associations provide a strong collective voice and life-time support for our membership!

CREATIVE INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATIONS PROVIDE A STRONG COLLECTIVE VOICE and life-time support for the individuals and organisations operating in our sector. We represent a variety of professionals, at various career stages, to engage with powerful stakeholders at industry and government levels. We do this to ensure all our collective concerns are heard and acknowledged in any changes within the work environment of our members.

MEMBERS ARE INFORMED, ADVISED, SUPPORTED, DEVELOPED AND CELEBRATED, as well as consulted and represented. Competent professionals require the means to demonstrate their creative skillsets, often acquired in local or regional contexts and little known beyond their own national networks and boundaries.

CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS MAY SEEK CROSS-SECTOR AND INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES with increasing development potential or higher responsibilities and rewards that are currently outside their own networks or they require formal evidence of level of professional expertise. This limits the possibilities for members aspiring to engage and diversify their skills and experience for the global creative industries. CLOCK can help us to prepare our members and to benchmark their skills for the growing international creative economy.

THERE IS RARELY THE TIME OR MONEY FOR 'OFF THE JOB' TRAINING for professional or freelance workers. Training happens 'just-in-time' and the professional expertise of our members is bought ‘off the peg' by contractors to bring the required skillsets into their projects. However, our members are often much too busy to acknowledge the learning that continually takes place through the undertaking of work projects and services provided.

WE MOVE RAPIDLY ON TO THE NEXT PROJECT, like we are on a conveyor belt, without fully reflecting on what we have learned from the last project; what has been reinforced in our thinking and proved essential in our skillset? What has been challenged? Where do we have solid and credible skills? Where are we skating on thin ice or crossing our fingers and hoping for the best? What are we learning? From whom? How can we capitalise on that learning for our next project?

ARE WE FUTURE-PROOFED FOR DISRUPTION or new directions in our sector? What if the rules changed in our sector? Next week? Next month? Next year? How do we improve our individual and collaborative contributions? How do we currently realise new ways of developing ourselves to engage with emerging professional roles, new opportunities and different constraints? Members will ask how our creative industry associations prepare members for competing internationally in this brave new world?

WE MAY STRUGGLE TO BRING FRESH THINKING AND PERSPECTIVES into our membership and achieve the diversity that will aid this process? This diversity may already exist at entry level or at the margins but what about higher up or more centrally in the association? If our progression opportunities are determined predominantly by formal qualifications or we use traditional gatekeepers for this process then we risk excluding most adults and, therefore, also some of the best talent.

TRADITIONAL METHODS MAY NOT UNCOVER PRACTICAL COMPETENCES of those who may appear unqualified or under-qualified but who are ripe for progression opportunities. If gatekeepers rely only on the level of previous formal qualifications gained or those individuals known by exclusive sector networks we will include only those individuals with similar profiles and backgrounds. We need to be able to uncover the actual ‘higher skills in use’ by the people outside this narrow group. This will enable us to include others for progression opportunities who can be encouraged to stimulate and grow new networks, develop fresh content, explore and exploit new markets and avoid more limited ‘group think’ or ‘business as usual’ strategies.

Download the Creative Industries Associations resource file.
Download the The Unique Mission of the Clock Programme resource file.
Last modified: Wednesday, 7 March 2018, 11:22 AM