From our recent panel discussion on attracting and nurturing talent, it was clear that it’s an important subject for everyone, but one at which we can do better.

Because we want to do more than enable discussion, we want to do our part to move the industry forwards, we’ve compiled a list of resources. It’s by no means comprehensive but it’s a great start for initiatives you can sign up to, and courses you can enrol on that will make a difference to you, your staff, your business and the industry.

Attracting talent into the industry

Sign up for the Education and Employers initiative and volunteer to go into schools and talk about your career.  As this Guardian article makes clear, Children don’t know enough about the world of work to have realistic ideas of what jobs exist

educationandemployers.org/volunteers

Arts subjects have been deprioritised from the Baccalaureate core curriculum in favour of STEM subjects. Get behind the campaign to put creative subjects back on the core with the ‘Bacc For The Future’ initiative.

baccforthefuture.com

Oystercatchers proudly support the Real Living Wage Pledge, an initiative spearheaded by our friends at Creature and W+K, to remove finance as a barrier from young people starting out in the industry.

campaignlive.co.uk

Creative Equals is here to help the creative industry unleash the power of all talents, working with agencies, companies, recruiters and the wider industry.

creativeequals.org

Sign up to the Ideas Foundation to engage with children at secondary school and actively involve them in briefs and campaigns.

ideasfoundation.org.uk

Receive support and training to become a mentor at a London school

creativementornetwork.org

Bias training and workshops on diversity in the creative industries

theotherbox.org

Blind recruiting platform that aims to eliminate bias and assess peoples attitudes and ways of thinking, rather than just qualifications and the ‘right’ experience on a CV

beapplied.com

Invest in training for you and your staff:

Oystercatchers Club members all receive a place on a one day training course per year from Econsultancy

econsultancy.com

All Oystercatchers Club members receive a £200 discount off the cost of this highly rated online course, the Mini MBA in Marketing

mba.marketingweek.com

Leadership training from The Marketing Society

marketingsociety.com

Leadership training from The Marketing Academy

themarketingacademy.org.uk

CPD from the IPA

ipa.co.uk/framework/sections/cpd

Support NABS, who offer career counselling and coaching

nabs.org.uk

Sign up for WACL’s future leaders programme

wacl.info/about/wacl-future-leaders-award/