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National Skills Academy announced as national provider for Creative employment programme

  • Date: 6 November 2012
  • Area: National

We have announced the National Skills Academy (Skills Academy), the delivery arm of Creative & Cultural Skills, will be the national provider for the Creative employment programme.

The programme aims to help young unemployed people find paid entry level work in the arts and cultural sector.

Directly benefitting unemployed young people

The decision was the result of an open application process and means the Skills Academy will be responsible for delivering the Arts Council funding of up to £15 million which will directly benefit unemployed young people.

The Creative employment programme will give young people at the start of their careers paid opportunities to access on the job training, skills and experience that potential employers will value. It is aimed at unemployed people, graduates and non-graduates, aged 16-24.

Skills Academy, the national delivery arm of Creative & Cultural Skills, will deliver the programme through its network of Further and Higher Education partners who work in collaboration with cultural organisations across the country.

Strong track record

Creative & Cultural Skills' proposal is supported by a strong track record of delivering similarly large scale, complex and national work-based learning and skills development programmes through the Skills Academy.  These have benefitted the arts and cultural sector and have been backed up by high quality research and industry knowledge. This background means that the Skills Academy is well positioned to implement plans quickly to deliver the programme through the network of employers, Further and Higher Education providers across the country.

Creating more accessible entry routes to the cultural workforce

The Creative employment programme is designed to support up to 6,500 new apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeships and paid internships in a variety of roles across the arts and cultural sector at a time when many young people are struggling to find paid employment. This reflects the Arts Council's recognition that in order to create and keep a new generation of talent, young people need to have more accessible entry routes into the sector workforce.

Nurturing new talent

Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said:

'We talk a lot about making arts and cultural organisations more resilient in light of the current economic climate. This too extends to upskilling the workforce which keeps these organisations running.

'In order to ensure that this country continues to deliver excellent art in the years to come we need to nurture and encourage the new talent which will be creating, producing and distributing it. The Creative employment programme aims to do just that.

'The work of Creative & Cultural Skills aligns well with the culture and values of the Arts Council and the sector and I think their expertise in this area will prove to be hugely beneficial for all involved.'

Register your interest

For any enquiries on the delivery of the Creative employment programme, or to register your interest, please contact:

Read more about the Creative employment programme.