Creative Employment Programme

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

Ian Saunders, Technician at White Light and Gabrielle Felix-Darancy, Apprentice at White Light
Ian Saunders, Technician at White Light and Gabrielle Felix-Darancy, Apprentice at White Light

The Creative Employment Programme is a £15m fund to support the creation of traineeships, formal apprenticeship and paid internship opportunities in England for young unemployed people aged 16-24 wishing to pursue a career in the arts and cultural sector.

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

We provide part wage grants to employers who create new apprenticeship and internship job opportunities for young unemployed people aged 16-24 in England. 

The focus is on Arts Council England’s footprint. This includes all employers, both commercial and subsidised, that fall within this footprint:

  • Music
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Literature
  • Visual arts
  • Contemporary craft
  • Combined arts
  • Galleries
  • Circus
  • Carnival arts
  • Museums
  • Libraries

Young people aged 16-24 from all backgrounds, from graduates to those with few or no qualifications, will have the chance to access on-the-job training and experience to build the skills that employers want.

Creative & Cultural Skills is the National Provider for the Creative Employment Programme. We applied through an open process. Our proposal was supported by a strong track record of delivering similarly large scale, complex and national work-based learning and skills development programmes which have benefitted the arts and cultural sector and have been backed up by high-quality research and industry knowledge.

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