This week, Verge was lucky enough to attend the ERIC Festival. A totally free creative careers festival, designed for young people, by young people. Focusing on Broadcast Media, Music, Publishing, Fashion, Film, Advertising & Marketing and Theatre & Performing Arts.
This latest event focusing on the Digital & Tech industries is brought to you by the Mayor of London’s Digital Talent Programme – a new £7 million initiative to unearth and develop the next generation of home-grown tech talent to meet a growing digital skills shortage in the capital.
The event was held at Bloomberg’s brand new futuristic building, and hosted 100 diverse young talent who will have the opportunity to network with reps from Google, Amazon, Livity, and more. The event introduced young people to the world of Digital & Tech whilst demonstrating how to start a career in these fields.
Eric Festival is an ‘alternative creative careers fair’, is focused on educating 16-25 year olds on the variety of career options, entry pathways and industry advice within the creative industries and has received rave reviews from its audience of diverse, young, aspiring creatives.
ERIC Festival is tackling the problem that so many young people face after leaving education. They want to be creative, but where to begin – what industry to get into, what jobs are there, how to start looking for jobs? And in today’s post-Brexit economic climate, it’s more important than ever that young British talent isn’t deterred by the challenges within the creative industries. Previous events have been based around jobs in the music, media, fashion, advertising, theatre and performance industries, as well as self-employment and entrepreneurship.’