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Local professionals invited to enrol for free bootcamp

By Lizzie Walker-Arnott

CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS across the region have been invited to access free training to enhance their career prospects at a Creative Management Skills Bootcamp; which offers a valuable insights into key areas such as project management, digital marketing and leadership.

The unique course is funded by Solent Partners alongside partnership from the University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth Creates; thus offered a tailored approach to meet the needs of artists, designers, writers, and other creative professionals. Participants gain practical knowledge and hands-on experience, enabling them to manage projects more effectively, market their work digitally, and lead teams with confidence.

It is an intensive programme that features specialist workshops as well as creative and guest speakers from across the industry. Everybody will receive guided mentoring, work shadowing and mock interviews; whilst sessions on developing CVs / portfolios, creating business models, and building business connections are further part of the course schedule.

Former participants include Alice le Page and she is now owner of The Brightside; an organisation working with local museums to celebrate their achievements that make a big impact on communities. She stated in a statement after completing the course: ” The programme really exceeded my expectations.”

“Each day, I met lots of creative people and took something away from every session, which was very valuable. I immediately started to reach out to some of my networks and use my new skills to reconnect with people. I also experimented with my social media output and developed my own website, creating a vision of what I wanted my business to be.”

Alice concluded: “The practical parts of the course were useful in that we were working through real life situations, creating a business model, doing cash flow projections and really thinking about our customers. I came away with something so developed I could instantly put it into practice.  The skills bootcamp gave me a lot of confidence, time to think and the motivation to really focus on my vision and go for it. My advice to anyone considering enrolling is: Just do it!”

Another participant is book illustrator and animator Vivi Markatos; who says the training helped her find her unique selling point (USP) and to learn useful skills which she is now incorporating into her work.  She explained: “I was lacking a lot of business knowledge and terminology, so I was very excited to attend this course: It was unique, it had a lot of creative aspects and it was interactive – it really helped my confidence.”

The innovative course not only supports individual career growth, but also strengthens the overall creative economy in the Solent region.   Rachael Randall, Chair of Solent Partners, said: “Solent Partners’ Creative Management Skills Bootcamp is a crucial step in empowering local creatives and enhancing the vibrancy of our creative sector in the region.

The Chair ended by saying: “By providing targeted training and resources, we are helping individuals thrive in their careers and contributing to the cultural vitality of our community. This initiative reflects our commitment to driving positive change and economic development locally.”

Enrolment for the next Creative Management Skills Bootcamp is now open. For more information about this Skills Bootcamp and the full suite of training courses available, visit the Solent Partners website

PICTURED BY CREATIVE MANAGEMENT SKILLS BOOTCAMP: Book illustrator and animator Vivi Markatos (right) took part in the programme.