In 2015 Create Jobs have made a positive impact on hundreds of young adults' lives. Find out how below...
18 December 2015
2015 has been a very hectic, yet enjoyable year for all of
us at Create Jobs and we have plenty to be proud of.
This year we are happy to report that we had direct contact
with 687 young people including 72 in paid jobs, 70 in work experience, 84
mentored and 196 in employability bootcamps, just to name a few.
Within our 6 day bootcamps that we delivered on behalf of CC Skills and the Mayor’s Office, we covered pre-employability training for
creative industries, CV and cover letter workshops, mock interviews and 1-2-1
advice and guidance. The feedback we received from these bootcamps revealed
that 100% of participants had a better understanding of employment
opportunities, 90% came away with a stronger CV and understanding around
applications and 90% also felt more confident applying for job opportunities.
Alongside these camps, we set up two very brilliant Mayor’s
Fund for London Creativity Works programmes: Festivals and Panic! Both were
massive successes and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who took part. The
Creativity Works programmes are 10 week accredited courses that give young
adults the opportunity to get experience in their interested fields, network
with successful artists and employers, and achieve an Arts Award Silver
qualification. We are incredibly pleased to say that through Creativity Works, we
are making up 7% of all Arts Awards received in London this year. We are
exploring how to weave Arts Award Gold in for 2016!
The Festival programme included a guided bus tour of
Glastonbury with founder Michael Eavis, gaining a once in a lifetime insight
into one of the biggest and most loved festivals in the world. A video showing
the great experience we had at the Festival can be found here.
“I didn’t know what to
expect- as I was a bit adrift- but it’s been amazing! I’ve learnt so much, and
I feel like we’ve been on a journey”
The Creativity Works: Panic! programme underpinned Create
London’s Panic! What
happened to social mobility in the arts.
The programme was launched with the unveiling of a national survey to
over 2,500 artists and creative practitioners. Here are some of their headline
88% of our respondents
working in the cultural industries have worked for free at some point in
38% of our respondents
working in the cultural industries do not have a contract.
On average men working in
the cultural industries earn 32% more then women working in the
The festival itself included a ten day festival consisting
of music, film and debate dedicated to the preservation of UK arts. The line-up
included established and emerging artists and concluded with an evening of
music at Oval Space. Two blogs written by Panic participants, can be found here and here.
With such low diversity in the arts and creative industries
more widely, the Creativity Works: Panic! programme sought to challenge the
status quo. Of the 26 young adults on the programme, 85% were of BME background, and 13 are non-graduates considering apprenticeship opportunities rather than
university. When you compare this data with London which has 40.2% BME, and
more locally to us in Newham at 71% - the creative sector really is lagging far
behind with 8.9% BME representation.
Programmes like this are showing that diverse young Londoners are
talented and ready to work in our sector!
“Things I got from
Create Jobs were expanding my contact list, meeting great people and gaining
work experience in a good company”
We also had the chance to team up with 1Xtra and their
Playlist Visualised segment. A group of young designers came up with a visual
interpretation of the 1Xtra playlist. The wonderful designs can all be found here.
We’d like to say a huge thank you for everyone who has
worked with us and got involved this year. It’s been a great one and we hope to
have an even better one next year. From everyone at the Create Jobs team: