- Date: 7 March 2013
- Area: National
The Creative employment programme was officially launched this week by Matthew Hancock MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business and Education, on behalf of national delivery organisation, Creative & Cultural Skills.
The £15 million, National Lottery funded programme is aimed at increasing work and training opportunities for unemployed young people.
The programme will provide funding for 6,500 new traineeships, apprenticeships and paid internship opportunities to help young unemployed people aged 16 to 24 enter the arts and cultural workforce.
Driving culture change to enable growth
The programme also aims to change recruitment culture in the sector by helping to diversify the workforce and provide fair access and progression routes in the long term, to help the sector to meet its economic potential.
In his speech at the Creative & Cultural Skills annual industry conference, Mr Hancock urged employers in the creative and cultural sector to support the programme. He said:
'The UK's world-beating creative industries should be open to those with the most to offer - regardless of background. But for too long, young people without money or connections have struggled to get a foot in the door.
'This programme will help the industry meet its full economic and creative potential both by offering real employment opportunities to bright new recruits, and driving a culture change to put the sector on a firmer footing for growth.'
A range of positions created across the sector
Positions created will be in a wide range of disciplines, from technical to administrative roles, provided they are located in England and fall within the Arts Council England's footprint of: Music, Dance, Theatre, Literature, Visual Arts, Contemporary Craft, Combined Arts, Carnival, Circus, Galleries, Museums, and Libraries.
Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said:
'In order to ensure that this country continues to produce world-class art and culture we need to make sure that we have a world-class workforce. There are a lot of passionate and ambitious young people out there and the Creative employment programme will give them the opportunity to develop the right skills from the very start of their career.
'It's also wonderful news for the sector as a whole which will ultimately benefit from the pool of talented and skilled creative professionals which this programme will help to nurture.'