Apprenticeships and internships for young people

The Creative Employment Programme in England has now closed for applications.

Marie Kennedy, Learning & Skills Manager at The Junction and Katie Wise, apprentice at The Junction
Marie Kennedy, Learning & Skills Manager at The Junction and Katie Wise, apprentice at The Junction

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

The opportunities generated through the Creative Employment Programme have helped build the confidence and skills of young unemployed people so they can stay in work long term.

The development of these skills alongside their experiences will improve their employability.

Our research shows that 90 per cent of Creative Apprentices enter employment with the same employer, or with a different employer within the sector. This figure is significantly higher than other areas of the economy.

Type of jobs available

Entry level jobs across all aspects of arts and cultural organisations will be available. This could include the likes of Event Management, Arts Administration, Technical Theatre, Visitor Services, Box Office, IT, Digital Media, Festival Production, Collections, Archives and Library, Communications, Marketing, Design, Education, and Stage Management.

All new jobs created through the Creative Employment Programme must either be a formal apprenticeship lasting for a minimum of 12 months or a paid internship lasting for a minimum of 6 months.

Within the Creative Employment Programme a traineeship is not considered to be a job. These are work-focused training opportunities designed to help young people gain the confidence and skills to enter the world of work.

Responsibilities for employers

All of the new job opportunities created as part of the programme will be paid National Minimum Wage or National Minimum Wage for Apprenticeships.

All opportunities created through this programme will need to be delivered to a high standard and in line with UK employment regulations. We will monitor the delivery of all Creative Employment Programme funded jobs throughout the programme. Any employer seen to exploit a young person will have their funding agreement with us terminated and may be asked to pay back any funding that we have already released.

Advertising the job

Jobs that are part-funded by the Creative Employment Programme must be suitable for young people aged 16-24 who are unemployed.

We expect the majority of jobs created to be entry-level positions that do not require high levels of previous experience or qualifications. Where employers require specific skills or experience to fill their post careful consideration should be given to ensure that advertisements, job descriptions and selection criteria do not directly or indirectly discriminate against potential applicants.

Employers should consider whether particular qualifications or levels of experience are strictly necessary. It is preferable to focus instead on the competencies required in the post.

Working with Jobcentre Plus

All new paid internship opportunities funded by the Creative Employment Programme need to be filled by a Job Seeker Allowance (JSA) claimant. Please note we aren’t specifying how long they need to have been a JSA claimant for.

Any employer who chooses to recruit a new intern will need to do so by working with Jobcentre Plus. Please contact Jobcentre Plus including brief information about your organisation and appropriate contact details for whom Jobcentre Plus should engage. A local member of staff will then get back to you.

Support at the end of the funding

Employers are not required to employ the young person after the Creative Employment Programme comes to an end. However we hope to see employers demonstrating a good level of support and guidance to each young person they employ to ensure they have the best chance of securing employment beyond the programme. We will want you to tell us how you will go about providing this support within your funding application to us.

All employers will be encouraged to develop sustainable, long-term jobs and opportunities for young people. Bringing in the Creative Employment Programme at a time of economic downturn provides the extra help that employers need.

Over the life of the programme, we hope employers will have experienced the benefits of creating fairer entry routes and will have seen the positive impact of a more diverse workforce. The programme will also provide access to an increased talent pool, nurture talent and a new generation of arts professionals.

If the position finishes early

If an employee leaves their placement earlier than expected we will not allocate additional funding to help the employer recruit into the role as if starting from scratch.

However, the employer may choose to use any remaining funds to recruit a new apprentice or intern on the basis that any shortfall is then covered by the employer.

If the employer decides not to use the remaining funding to create a new opportunity we reserve the right to ask for any outstanding funds to be repaid. Any Creative Employment Programme funds that have already been legitimately spent do not need to be repaid.