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Spotlight on: the creative sector in London

We are on a mission to support young Londoners into employment; and we need your help.

London’s creative industry has major economic pulling power. However, young people from low income and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds aspiring to enter the sector are consistently faced with a highly uneven playing field. Lack of access to relevant networks, widespread informal recruitment practices and limited progression pathways disproportionately affect these groups, thus depriving London of diverse voices and talents. Covid-19 has obviously exacerbated these issues.

As part of our campaign to get young people back on track, we take a closer look at what can be done to make the creative sector more inclusive and diverse, leading with a Manifesto for Change, a series of five urgent and practical recommendations for the industry.

Scroll down to read more about our work in this area. If you would like to get involved with any of our initiatives, please do get in touch.

READ THE MANIFESTO FOR CHANGE 

RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO GET IT DONE 

Listen to the podcast: Creative FAQ 

Featuring six themed episodes and aimed at young people who are thinking about a career in the creative sector but are not sure where to start.

ABOUT OUR HOST – Rachael Simões – former Creativity Works trainee 
“I like to say I’m a screenwriter, but that’s probably what I have the least credits in. I started in videography at 17-years-old, by making lo-fi music videos and teaching myself how to edit. Since then, I’ve written a short film, Nightless, created a photo-series called BARGAINS, and graduated from one of the most competitive advertising schools. I’m a part of a collective called Failsafe, we try to inspire and support young-like-minded creatives on their creative journey.”

CREDITS
Host – Rachael Simões IG @eudaimonic.r
Guests – Marcella Chan IG @marcellachan_ and Dubheasa Lanipekun IG @sunzy_dee
Music – Jayden Thompson IG @jayt.8 and Soundcloud Jay T
Art work – Timi Akindele-Ajani IG @akinajan
and a special thanks to @failsafezine