On Tuesday I attended one of Scotland's Policy Conference which was focussing on the next steps for the Creative Industries. While the day was heavily influenced by film and media something struck a chord.
Skills gaps are becoming more and more apparent in todays youngest creatives. The industry expects you to be jack of all trades, master of none. A thread that was recognised at the conference thanks to Inker of 2014 Kirsty Stewart's talk. She spoke eloquently about her journey from education to now;
"It wasn't until I joined Vanilla Ink that I found my confidence"
As some of you may be aware, Vanilla Ink is conducting a survey into the Jewellery and Silversmithing industry and asking what are the needs of you and I and goldsmiths' at any stage of their career.
The results have been incredibly powerful and the need for more skills is overwhelming. I believe that we never stop learning but if you don't know where to look or lack the confidence to ask how will the industry grow and strengthen. The results are shaping the future of Vanilla Ink and we want to respond to what it is the industry needs.
We are going to share with you the results, but first we need more participants. After hearing Fiona Hyslop open the conference on Tuesday and her recognising the importance of the creative industries in Scotland, I feel it's incredibly important that we put the results in front of her. I want to take this to government and let them recognise there is a desire to do better, to work hard and make a successful career out of industry so many people are passionate about.
So please help us share the survey as far and wide as possible so we have a true reflection of all you fantastic Jewellers, Silversmiths', Goldsmiths' out there and lets make an impact!