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Creative Workforce for the Future - About

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We know that the most innovative work happens in teams that are inclusive to talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds. This is increasingly recognised by the companies that we work with, who are keen to overcome the structural barriers that exist in order to recruit exceptional people from groups that are currently underrepresented in the creative industries. This can be a complex challenge that requires support on all sides to build new networks, change working cultures and develop new skills.

For some years national reports from the Creative Industries Council, Creative Industries Federation and others have highlighted the lack of diversity in the creative and cultural workforce. It is also well documented that the current apprenticeship model does not work well for the dynamics of our sector. Creative Workforce for the Future aims to overcome these issues by offering a flexible and bespoke programme of professional development for companies and paid placements for young people.

This is an exploratory new programme funded by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and the European Social Fund (ESF) and led by the Bristol + Bath Creative R + D programme working with Rife at Watershed, Knowle West Media Centre, Creative Youth Network, The Guild co working space, Spike Island and Bristol Museums. This year we will provide a professional development to around 40 SMEs in the West of England and placements for 12x 18-30 year olds from a Black, Asian Minority Ethnic origin and/or from a disadvantaged socio-economic background

How to get involved?
Are you an SME looking to develop a more inclusive team?
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Creative Workforce for the Future aims to support small to medium-sized companies to develop a more inclusive workforce in the region’s cultural and creative industries by inviting them to undertake an intensive programme of professional development focusing on inclusion. Our vision is that qualifying companies will be connected with young talent currently underrepresented in the workforce.
Are you 18 - 30 years old and want to work in the creative sector? (applications closed)
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Young people will receive 48 weeks of paid placements to develop experience, C.V., portfolio, industry contacts and have access to a Talent Network offering opportunity, industry expertise and advice. The Talent Network support will continue for an additional 12 months to help develop further experience through employment, contract and / or freelance work.