Find Your Talent

CCE managed the Find Your Talent (FYT) pilot programme in ten areas across England from 2008-2010.The programme was set up to find out what it would take to provide high quality cultural experiences for all children and young people, regardless of age or ability.

The ten pathfinder areas offered regular involvement with arts and culture – both in and out of school – and gave young people the chance to learn musical instruments, perform on stage, attend performances and experience England’s great cultural heritage. It also helped them develop new skills and get work experience in the fast-growing creative industries.

FYT worked with thousands of schools, early years and youth settings, cultural organisations, teachers and artists. It also increased our understanding about the barriers to access and how to overcome them, and initiated new strategic partnerships between Local Authorities and cultural organisations to ensure that the cultural offer for young people is more coherent and better targeted.

The FYT pilot was due to end in March 2011, but was unfortunately curtailed in 2010 as a consequence of a larger package of Government spending cuts.

Nevertheless, the lessons that emerged from the evaluation of FYT continue to inform CCE’s work and have been shared across the country with policymakers and practitioners to ensure that all children can experience and access the diverse range of cultural activity that England has to offer.

Find out more about the Find Your Talent programme here