UNESCO designation brings with it the opportunity to inspire, harness and retain a new generation of creative talent in the city. It also positions York at the heart of the nation’s mounting digital learning agenda. This was the focus for our six-month consultation with teachers, schools and higher education institutions in 2015.

We heard about the incredible work already undertaken in schools, the current frustrations about access to technology and training, and what we could do to help. The result is the launch of a new Digital Adventurers certificate scheme – a new initiative from the York’s Guild of Media Arts to encourage and support young people in their creative and cultural pursuits and future careers in the sector - and the creation of York’s Cultural Education Partnership with support from Cape UK in response to Arts Council England’s Cultural Education Challenge.