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 employability project for 17-24 year-olds focused on generating greater access to the sector. It also benefits young people through transferable skills, raising confidence and self-belief. Example field trips have included a tour of Glastonbury with Michael Eavis, visits to London Fashion Week and Jean Paul Gautier’s studio in Paris as well as behind the scenes tours around the immersive theatre sets of Punchdrunk’s productions.
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
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