Develop your business
Hannah Sedgwick is the owner of Penryn Violins, a micro-business in Cornwall that designs, makes and restores instruments of the violin family and early woodwind instruments. Hannah successfully applied to the Creative Employment Programme for funding to create a paid internship as she needed a new member of staff to help expand.
Disability-led arts organisation Shape works to improve access to the arts. They used the Creative Employment Programme to take on a paid intern in their Fundraising and Development Department. The intern has since secured a full-time role in the team.
The Creative Employment Programme helped Rotherham Creative build capacity in the local creative sector, giving young people much needed employment opportunities. The initiative is linked to the development of Rotherham’s Music Education Hub and wider arts activities for young people.
Craft Northern Ireland’s 'making it' programme is a two-year business start-up scheme for makers in craft and applied arts. Funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, it is a model of best practice in craft enterprise development.
The Music Education Hub in Telford and Wrekin Council applied to the Creative Employment Programme to create four Creative Apprenticeships for young people within the local authority and its arts venues.
Organisations creating paid internships with funding from the Creative Employment Programme (CEP) are required to advertise these posts at their local Jobcentre Plus. This makes them accessible to the nearly one million 18 to 24 year olds in the UK who are unemployed.
Suffolk County Council brought together 33 local cultural sector employers into a consortium to create 80 Creative Employment Programme-funded apprenticeships and paid internships. They have been able to address youth unemployment and diversify the area’s creative workforce.
London Theatre Consortium (LTC) is a consortium of 13 of London’s leading producing theatres. After successfully winning funding through the Creative Employment Programme, they were able to take on 38 apprentices.
The UK’s only creative-business incubator for designer-makers is using the Creative Employment Programme to support its studio-holders through the process of taking on their first employee and growing their micro-businesses
As a renowned institution at the forefront of the cultural heritage sector, the V&A is keen to develop the skills of those working in the creative and cultural industries.
Wise Productions needed extra staff, so they started thinking about apprenticeships.
Live Nation had always been passionate about getting young people into the music industry, so apprenticeships were a natural fit for them.
Motorpoint Arena took part in a creative apprenticeships pilot in Wales.
Greenwich Theatre were always interested in apprenticeships, but worried that, as a small theatre, they didn't have the resources to train someone on a technical theatre pathway.
The Barbican partnered with the GLA as one of five arts organisations involved in the ‘Mayor of London Presents...' festival.
Developing formally-recognised apprenticeships at Goldsmiths' Company.
Deyes High School were interested in looking into apprenticeships. They talk about getting help from the Creative & Cultural Skills apprenticeships team.
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