Creative Employment Programme in England

The Creative Employment Programme has contributed to the creation of 4,500 apprenticeships, paid internships and pre-employment opportunities through the Creative Skills Initiative.

Ian Saunders, Technician at White Light and Gabrielle Felix-Darancy, Apprentice at White Light
Ian Saunders, Technician at White Light and Gabrielle Felix-Darancy, Apprentice at White Light

The Creative Employment Programme was a £15m fund to support the creation of 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. It also supported pre-employment training opportunities through the Creative Skills Initiative. 

Resources

The following resources are available for Creative Employment Programme (England) funding recipients:

About the Creative Employment Programme

We provided part wage grants to employers who created new apprenticeship and internship job opportunities for young unemployed people aged 16-24 in England. 

The focus was on Arts Council England’s footprint. This included all employers, both commercial and subsidised, that fall within this footprint:

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

Young people aged 16-24 from all backgrounds, from graduates to those with few or no qualifications, had the chance to access on-the-job training and experience to build the skills that employers want.

Creative & Cultural Skills was the National Provider for the Creative Employment Programme in England. We applied through an open process. Our proposal was supported by a strong track record of delivering similarly large scale, complex and national work-based learning and skills development programmes which have benefitted the arts and cultural sector and have been backed up by high-quality research and industry knowledge.

The Creative Employment Programme in England has now closed for applications. If you have any questions, please contact us.