On September 11, 2012, the Arts Council England launched the "Creative employment program" which aims to provide unemployed people aged 16-24 (graduate and non-graduate) with paid opportunities to gain access to on-the-job training, skills and experience in the arts and cultural sector. The launch of the program comes at a time when many young people across England are struggling to find paid employment and follows through on one of the Arts Council’s goals - to create fairer entry routes into the arts and cultural sector and increase workforce diversity.
The Arts Council is opening a commissioned grant for applications to find a national provider that will deliver the program. The successful applicant will receive up to £15 million to deliver the program and help subsidize new opportunities which will directly benefit unemployed young people until March 2015. The program will provide support for up to 6,000 new apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeships and paid internships across the arts and cultural sector.
For more information about this program, please consult the Arts Council England website.