We want you to be part of the next bid!

The Creative Employment Programme is a £15m fund to support the creation of traineeships, formal apprenticeship and paid internship opportunities in England for young unemployed people aged 16-24 wishing to pursue a career in the arts and cultural sector led by Creative & Cultural Skills

This fund includes all employers, both commercial and subsidised, that fall within the Arts Council England’s footprint:

  • Music
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Literature
  • Visual arts
  • Contemporary craft
  • Combined arts
  • Galleries
  • Circus
  • Carnival arts
  • Museums
  • Libraries

In October 2013 Creative Somerset successfully led a consortium bid to the Creative Employment Programme enabling four interns and two apprentices to be employed in arts and cultural organisations in the county.

The partner organisations in the current bid are:

Arts Education and Schools Liaison Internship
Tacchi Morris Arts Centre
Arts Marketing Internship and Technical Theatre Internship
Creative Somerset / Somerset Art Works
Arts Administration Internship
Somerset Film
Digital Media Apprenticeships x TWO

The funding received covers approximately half the wage costs of the young person employed.

In addition, Creative Somerset and Somerset Art Works are working in carousel to ‘share’ their internship, this further reduces the cost commitment of the organisation and also enables two organisations with part time staff to manage the 30 hour per week work commitment that they must offer an intern.

Based on the success of the first application to the fund we are now planning a second bid to the programme in the Autumn, extending the opportunity to more creative organisations and businesses in Somerset and further increasing the range and number of young people receiving on the job training and high quality work experience in our sector.

Arts Council England will fund the Creative Employment Programme to run until March 2015. As long as all job opportunities have started (not completed) by March 2015 they are eligible for funding.

Bringing in the Creative Employment Programme at a time of economic downturn provides the extra help that employers need to extend their capacity. Over the life of the programme, the aim is for employers to better understand the real benefits of creating fairer entry routes to employment and experience the impact of bringing in a more diverse workforce.

The programme will ensure a change in employment practices and a shift to high quality, paid opportunities for young people.

The programme will also provide access to an increased talent pool, nurture talent and a new generation of arts professionals.

Read an interesting article on how this Programme encourages sustainable growth in the Creative Sector here. Do you want to be involved in providing opportunities for young people and make a difference?

 We want you to be part of this!

To find out more, or register your interest in being part of the next bid please contact zoe@creativesomerset.com

For more information about the Creative Employment Programme go to ccskills.org.uk/