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Growing a micro-business with a paid intern

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.

Taking on a paid intern to help with fundraising

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 grow its local arts workforce, which was nearly 50 per cent lower than surrounding areas.

Building a creative workforce through youth employment

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.

Past participants go on to demonstrate significant development both in their product and practice. (Image: Simon Mills)

Towards sustainable craft businesses

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.

Creating jobs through local partnerships

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.

Working with Jobcentre Plus

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.

Tackling youth unemployment

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.

Funding for a diverse 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.

Julie Kouamo is a designer-maker at Cockpit Arts (Image: ©‎Cockpit Arts)

Winning funding as a consortium

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

Taking on apprentices at the V&A

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 technical apprentices

Wise Productions needed extra staff, so they started thinking about apprenticeships.

Live Nation, technical theatre apprenticeships

Live Nation had always been passionate about getting young people into the music industry, so apprenticeships were a natural fit for them.

Creative apprenticeships at Motorpoint Arena

Motorpoint Arena took part in a creative apprenticeships pilot in Wales.

Taking on apprentices at Greenwich Theatre

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 Centre: taking on apprentices

The Barbican partnered with the GLA as one of five arts organisations involved in the ‘Mayor of London Presents...' festival.

There is a long history of passing on skills and knowledge in the heritage craft industry.

Apprentice employer: The Goldsmiths’ Company

Developing formally-recognised apprenticeships at Goldsmiths' Company.

Deyes High School, apprenticeship case study

Deyes High School were interested in looking into apprenticeships. They talk about getting help from the Creative & Cultural Skills apprenticeships team.

Heidi Rhodes is a textile artist.

How to market your craft

As a craft-maker, what process of marketing is going to suit your work? Check out five pieces of advice on how, and where, you can market your craft.

Fatima Najm is one of the co-founders of the collective Creatives Against Poverty

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You can define your own measure of success by growing the right things, for the right reasons. Image: Preface Studios

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