Campaign updates

Blog posts from industry and education leaders about our Building a Creative Nation campaign – championing youth employment and fair access in the creative industries.

What are you getting wrong with entry-level recruitment?

Huw Morgan, 20 July 2017

A job advert from a London Fringe Theatre Company looking for an office administrator for £15,000p.a. sparked outrage on Twitter this week. The advert was framed as a rant against ‘millennials’ who are no longer willing to be ‘realistic’ about jobs, hours and pay in the arts.

What does the ‘hung parliament’ mean for apprenticeships in the creative sector?

Pauline Tambling CBE, 16 June 2017

We now know the result of the June 2017 General Election. We have a ‘hung parliament’ and much more of a two-party system than we’ve seen for a number of years. Negotiations between the Conservative and Democratic Unionist Parties are already impacting on the timetable for getting the country back to work. Suddenly things feel much more uncertain than even a few weeks ago.


What could the 2017 General Election do for the UK’s creative skills gap?

Pauline Tambling CBE, 5 June 2017

This is the first UK General Election in a while when there has been some recognition of the need to address the UK’s skills gap. Manifestos always address school and university policy but the assumption has seemed to be that there are not many votes in Further Education and Skills. It has taken the major disruptor that is Brexit to change this.


How can an organisation benefit from an intern?

Sarah Wingett , 2 June 2017

With funding from the Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme, Stendhal Festival were able to hire two interns. Find out how having them on board benefited and helped grow their organisation.

















Connecting with Industry

South Essex College, 21 September 2016

By Paul Smith, Head of Media and Performing Arts, South Essex College
































































Creative Employment Programme extended to 2016

Sara Whybrew, 18 November 2014

I am delighted to announce that Arts Council England has extended the Creative Employment Programme to March 2016, which is fantastic news for all involved.



















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