Our new grant offer from the Creative Employment Programme
A New Direction is very pleased to announce the grant offer from the Creative Employment Programme to support the creation of 50 new paid positions with employers in the arts and cultural sector with a focus on the Arts Council's footprint.
Provide an accessible route to employment for young people
Increase the take up of apprenticeships across the sector
Diversify the workforce
Provide an alternative recruitment path to the traditional unpaid internship
Provide employers with a wage incentive to support the recruitment of unemployed young people aged 18-25
Our offer is placed under A New Direction's Create Jobs employability offer which creates pathways for young people who live and study in the following East London boroughs: Barking & Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.
We work in partnership with the cultural agency Create to spread the benefits of being home to Europe's largest cultural quarter to the people who live in East London.
Through Create Jobs, we have developed close relationships with creative and cultural sector partners, placing over 150 young people into 8 week work experience opportunities since 2011. We have a strong partnership with Job Centre Plus on a regional and local level and have developed a tried-and-tested recruitment strategy. At no additional cost we can support you to:
Find the right young person for your organisation by handling first stage recruitment and short-listing candidate
Support you to develop a job description for your intern/apprentice
Identify additional funding streams to support your recruitment
Help you to identify the most appropriate training framework for your intern/apprentice
Access free and subsidised training through a range of training providers and colleges
We are working closely with the London Borough of Islington who have created 13 positions with cultural organisations based within their borough. We have shared our best practice and will be running induction days together. We will be sharing more about their experience in the coming weeks as they have approached this scheme in exemplary fashion.
How do I get involved?
Consortium bid – expression of interest
If you are interested in joining this consortium, you can do so at any time. This is a rolling programme. We do however aim to create a clusters of organisations to start at the same time so that participants can be part of a network and learn/share from each other.
If you are keen to get involved immediately, please download the expression of interest form. We will then liaise with you about drafting a job description and finalising salaries. You can look at our max and min employer contributions to get an idea of what a salary might come to.