Creative Employment Programme extended to 2016
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.
This will mean Creative & Cultural Skills can continue to build new relationships with employers, and creative and cultural leads across England, whilst continuing to see jobs grow across existing networks.
The programme has had great success to date. We have engaged over 830 employers across all regions of England (the original target was 500!), supporting new job creation in businesses of all sizes from sole traders through to our largest arts organisations.
We’d like to thank the employers who have helped create 953 new apprenticeship opportunities and 1,164 paid internships to date.
There is still a lot more we can do as a sector to ensure that talented young people can thrive in our industry regardless of their background.
We’d also like to celebrate our partnership with the Bridge England Network, which supports the delivery of the CEP Traineeship programme across each region of England, engaging hard to reach young people who are able to gain the basic skills and confidence they need to make the next step towards a career in our industry.
Since launching the programme in March 2013 youth unemployment has dropped by nearly a quarter, but we know some of this is the result of the changes made to the welfare system.
There are still 750,000 young people who are registered unemployed in this country today, with many more who are underemployed not receiving any support from our partners at Jobcentre Plus. There is still a lot more we can do as a sector to ensure that talented young people can thrive in our industry, regardless of their background or previous educational achievement.
This in turn will help our sector maintain its competitive edge.
The Creative Employment Programme is supported through Arts Council England Lottery funding, and will look to create up to 6,500 apprenticeship, paid internship and traineeship opportunities.
Applications for funding can now be submitted up to 13 November 2015. Want to know more? See further details about how to apply for funding.