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Creative Employment Programme

The West of England Consortia managed by the Creative Skills Hub is one of the largest consortia of employers accessing the Creative Employment Programme in the UK.

The funding is creating new paid opportunities for young people looking to start their career in the creative & cultural sector.  Funding is available for West of England based Arts, Creative, Cultural and Heritage organisations to create over 120 entry level paid internships and apprenticeships across the West of England over the next year. 

The jobs being created are for young-unemployed people aged 16 -24 years old - helping them access their first job in the creative and cultural sector.

“This internship has provided an opportunity to get into a field of work far more interesting and rewarding than I had hoped to be in.  Endless rejections from various entry-level jobs had left me quite disheartened…but this has made me much more enthusiastic about my future.  Not only am I gaining valuable skills and experience in wide variety of roles, but I get a great sense of fulfilment and self-worth from working a paid job that I really enjoy.” Daniel Cove - Formal Learning Assistant Intern at Bristol Museums & Galleries

Purpose of the Creative Employment Programme:

  • To create fairer entry routes into the arts and culture sector & increase workforce diversity as set out in the Arts Council's 10-year plan for the arts,’ Achieving great art for Everyone
  • Increase the number of paid interns in the sector, with a view to completely eradicating unpaid internships in the long term
  • Generate long-term commitment to sustaining new job opportunities & support the next generation of arts entrepreneurs and freelancers.
  • Increase the number of apprenticeship opportunities across the arts, museums and library sectors
  • Deliver work-focused training opportunities to 16-24 years old to help build their confidence and employability skills
  • Enable the growth of the sector by directly addressing skills gaps and shortages
  • Establish/maintain equitable and fit for purpose recruitment practices
  • Develop robust local partnerships that can help improve employment opportunities for young people
  • To encourage greater collaboration and      innovation by employers to generate jobs in the arts and culture sector

All employers must work under the Arts Council ‘footprint’ which includes; Music, Dance, Theatre, Arts venues, Technical Theatre, Literature, Visual arts, Contemporary craft, Combined arts, Galleries, Circus, Carnival arts, Museums and Libraries.


Bristol Consortia has successfully bid to the Creative Employment Programme to create 70 paid entry level creative roles over the next 12 months. This is being managed by the Creative Skills Hub at the West of England LEP.

*There are certain criteria you must meet in order to be eligible to apply for a Creative Employment Programme funded internship. At the time of applying you must be aged 16 to 24 years old and you must be registered as unemployed with Jobcentre Plus. Additionally, applicants for these particular roles must be eligible for the Youth Wage Incentive.

**Creative & Cultural Skills is the National Provider for the Creative Employment Programme.

The funding is creating new paid opportunities for young people looking to start their career in the creative & cultural sector.  Funding is available for West of England based Arts, Creative, Cultural and Heritage organisations to create over 120 entry level paid internships and apprenticeships across the West of England over the next year. 

 The jobs being created are for young-unemployed people aged 16 -24 years old - helping them access their first job in the creative and cultural sector.

“This internship has provided an opportunity to get into a field of work far more interesting and rewarding than I had hoped to be in.  Endless rejections from various entry-level jobs had left me quite disheartened…but this has made me much more enthusiastic about my future.  Not only am I gaining valuable skills and experience in wide variety of roles,

but I get a great sense of fulfilment and self-worth from working a paid job that I really enjoy.” Daniel Cove - Formal Learning Assistant Intern at Bristol Museums & Galleries                                                                                                                                     

To find out more about the programme or to get involved as an employer please contact Nicky Williams or call: 07881 091714