One-in-six of all jobs in London is now in the creative industries. Despite the appeal of the sector for young people, there are significant challenges in terms of accessibility and the under-representation of local communities.
Creativity Works is an arts-based programme for 16-24 year olds. It aims to improve access to employment for young Londoners by raising confidence and self-belief through transferable skills learned in the sector and by addressing the barriers they face in the creative industry. As well as helping young people to access opportunities within the arts, the programme also inspires and motivates them to engage with broader career options.
Creativity Works is featured in the Mayor of London’s Culture Strategy.
“Creativity Works is a great opportunity for us, because you don’t get taught about all these different job options at college and school. It’s a good platform to network with industry professionals and gives us an opportunity to ask questions and get advice on how to make the first steps into a careers of our choice.”
Shanice – Creativity Works: Fashion module
“This course has changed me. I’ve learned so much about the industry and different mindsets and options open to me and will never forget the impact of these past weeks”
Raden – Creativity Works: Advertising module
“My mentor, from Cosmopolitan magazine, helped me get my CV to an industry standard. I’ve been using it to apply for jobs and apprenticeships in my chosen field. Working with someone who is already in the industry has been insightful and enjoyable.”
Mawuli – Creativity Works: Multi-media Genius module
130 young people completed the programme in 2018
80% are expected to move into employment, education or training
73% of young people reported increased confidence levels