Local authorities leading the way in creative employment

,  6 July 2015

The final deadline for applications to the Creative Employment Programme is 13 November 2015. So if you haven’t yet submitted your application, there is still time to do so.

Although many individual businesses have successfully applied for Creative Employment Programme funding, we have also seen a strong number of consortia applications. So far, 16 local authorities have worked with creative and cultural organisations to apply for funding, resulting in 507 new paid internships and apprenticeships in the industry.

If you are a local authority interested in the Creative Employment Programme, or a creative business that would like your local authority to lead an application for funding, there are only 4 more rounds left to get in your application.

  • 31 July 2015
  • 4 Sept 2015
  • 9 Oct 2015
  • 13 Nov 2015 (last round)

Here are some of the experiences from local authorities who have led successful consortia:

Kent County Council

“Funding from the Creative Employment Programme has enabled us to place twelve young people, as paid interns or apprentices in six of Kent’s leading arts organisations.

"There has been a continuing demand from other organisations wanting to be part of this."

“Employment and training of young people in the creative industries is a key strategy aim for Kent, as is supporting the infrastructure and long-term resilience of our arts and cultural sector and the Creative Employment Programme fitted the bill in pursuit of these aims.

“We found the process of forming a consortium and making an application straightforward, and although there were some subsequent changes from the original membership of the consortium, there was and has been a continuing demand from other organisations wanting to be part of this and future schemes.

“We approached arts organisations with whom we already had a relationship and whose capacity and commitment to training of young people we were aware of. As the lead partner, we have been able to gain insight into the needs of the sector in our area.

“There was great support throughout the process from Creative & Cultural Skills, who we also chose to be our training providers for the apprenticeships.”

Applying on behalf of a consortium

A local authority can make an application to the programme on behalf of a consortium (as lead applicant) as long as all of the employers it is working with fall within the identified footprint.

A consortium must be made up of a minimum of 5 partners as long as 4 of them are employers within the identified footprint providing Creative Employment Programme job opportunities (e.g. 1 x Local Authority partner, 1 x museum, 3 x arts organisations). There is no maximum limit; however applications to the Creative Employment Programme cannot exceed £200,000.

A lead applicant should be in a position to help support smaller organisations who might not have the resource or capacity to apply for funding directly or host a new job opportunity in its entirety. The lead applicant can apply for up to 10 per cent of the total funding sought through the Creative Employment Programme to cover administration costs associated with distributing funds and collecting data for reporting purposes.

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

“Bradford’s Creative Employment Programme is designed to both fit the wider skills needs of the district, along with supporting individuals to develop their skills and gain meaningful work experience to enable sustainable employment in the future in line with their career aspirations.

"It is the first time local arts and cultural partners will work collaboratively to offer a new route into creative industry."

“The programme will assist small/medium enterprises within the sector to grow and flourish. The project ambition is to develop an enabling environment to grow the creative sector in Bradford through facilitating and embedding a strong collaborative partnership by having participating organisations working closely together on this programme.

“We wanted a coherent strategic approach in developing the capacity of the sector. We worked with our commissioned arts organisation to analyse the needs of the sector. It is the first time that up to 15 local arts and cultural partners will work collaboratively to offer a new route into creative industry. We feel that developing the programme together will transfer into better skills and job opportunities in the sector.”

Local authorities leading creative employment bids

Local authorities from all over England are leading Creative Employment Programme consortia. If you would be interested in leading an application, find out more about the Creative Employment Programme.

  • City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
  • City Of York Council
  • Coventry City Council
  • Islington Council
  • Kent County Council
  • Leeds City Council
  • Manchester City Council
  • Medway Council
  • Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
  • South Tyneside Council
  • Southampton City Council
  • Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
  • Suffolk County Council
  • Telford & Wrekin Council
  • Wiltshire Council

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