Helping the next generation of creatives

30 June, 2014

Written by: Communications team

Better jobs, business and skills

On 20 May we held an event with The Creative Society to show local businesses how we can help young Lambeth residents access paid job opportunities in the borough’s rich and diverse arts scene.

The Creative Society and Lambeth Council plan to submit a partnership bid to Arts Council England’s Creative Employment Programme. This is a £15 million fund launched in March 2013 to tackle youth unemployment and help 16-24 year olds from all backgrounds access careers in the arts.

The Creative Employment Programme provides funding for arts organisations to employ a paid intern for six months or an apprentice for a year.  We want to help local businesses take part in the programme and we’re delighted that over 20 employers who attended the event at the Impact Hub have already said they would have vacancies to fill.

To assist employers, The Creative Society and Lambeth Council will be submitting a consortium bid to the Creative Employment Programme in August on behalf of Lambeth arts organisations. If successful we will help employers access the funding and assist with recruitment of interns or apprentices.

Are you a Lambeth-based creative business?

If you are an arts employer interested in becoming part of the consortium or would like to find out more about the scheme, please contact Simon Bunney at The Creative Society: simon@thecreativesociety.co.uk

About The Creative Society

The Creative Society (formerly New Deal of the Mind) is an arts employment charity that helps young people into jobs in the creative and cultural industries through a diverse range of projects. Founded in 2009 by political journalist Martin Bright, the charity successfully placed over 800 unemployed young people into six month work placements in arts organisations in 2010-11 alone.

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