Building a Creative Nation

Championing youth employment and fair access in the creative industries.


Total jobs and apprenticeships

Last updated: 5 April 2016

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6500 target

4729 jobs and work opportunities have been created as part of the campaign.

We are enabling creative employers to create 6,500 work opportunities through paid internships, apprenticeships and pre-employment training opportunities through the Creative Skills Initiative.

Location of jobs created

Last updated: 5 April 2016

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England: 4362 (92.24%)

  • East of England: 428 (9.05%)
  • East Midlands: 236 (4.99%)
  • London: 1099 (23.24%)
  • North East: 332 (7.02%)
  • North West: 310 (6.56%)
  • South East: 405 (8.56%)
  • South West: 618 (13.07%)
  • West Midlands: 335 (7.08%)
  • Yorkshire and the Humber: 599 (12.67%)

Northern Ireland: 55 (1.16%)*

Scotland: 236 (4.99%)

Wales: 76 (1.61%)

*Funding negotiated for NVQs

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Types of jobs created

Last updated: 5 April 2016

Combined Arts: 895 (18.93%)

Community Arts: 44 (0.93%)

Dance: 89 (1.88%)

Galleries: 59 (1.25%)

Libraries: 87 (1.84%)

Literature: 32 (0.68%)

Museums: 222 (4.69%)

Music: 557 (11.78%)

Theatre: 533 (11.27%)

Visual Arts (including Contemporary Craft): 301 (6.36%)

Our campaign

Building a Creative Nation is a call to all creative organisations to create jobs and to promote responsible and sustainable recruitment practices.

The creative sector is the fastest-growing part of the UK economy, contributing £84.1bn each year.

The future depends on the way we recruit and nurture new talent.

Despite this, it is harder than ever to break into the sector. The practice of long-term unpaid internships is indefensible because it shuts out those who cannot afford to subsidise their placements. This narrows the pool of talent available to a sector which needs creativity and diversity to thrive.

Young people are the lifeblood of the creative industries, and our campaign champions youth employment and fair access.

Pledge your support

The Building a Creative Nation campaign will create 6,500 work opportunities through paid internships, apprenticeships and pre-employment training opportunities.

We are doing this through our Creative Employment Programme and Creative Skills Initiative, funded by Arts Council England, as well as working with industry partners in Northern IrelandScotland and Wales.

Help us reach our target and make the creative industries fairer and more responsible:

Let's build a Creative Nation!

Signe Sutherland

"There has been a substantial expansion of creative learning opportunities with new apprenticeship frameworks."

Martin Sim

"For those seeking a creative career, apprenticeships and internships are an ideal way to get a headstart."

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