Creative Workforce for the Future
Creative Workforce for the Future will enable talented young people to gain the experience required to sustain creative careers in sectors such as film, broadcast, digital production, animation and post-production.
The project will support small to medium-sized companies to develop a more inclusive workforce in the region’s cultural and creative industries by offering more opportunities to young people from diverse backgrounds. It will draw on the wealth of talent available from currently under-represented groups; in particular people from black, Asian and minority ethnic or disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. In Bristol, 11% of the city’s working age population are from ethnic minorities – a position not reflected within the film and TV sector.
Creative Workforce for the Future will connect creative businesses with young people, bridging the gap from education to work. Young people will receive 12 months of paid internship to develop their experience, CV, portfolio and contacts. The tailored support will continue for an additional 12 months to help them develop further experience through employment, contract and / or freelance work.
Similar to our successful Women Into Digital Jobs, Education and Training scheme (WIDJET), the project will work with the world-class cluster of creative small and medium-sized businesses – which is concentrated in Bristol and Bath – and reach out to talent across the region. It will be delivered by our partners in the Network for Creative Enterprise, led by the University of the West of England and Watershed, with hubs at The Guild Bath, Knowle West Media Centre, Spike Island and Watershed Pervasive Media Studio. These partners will work with business networks in the region including Bristol Media, the Royal Television Society, Creative Bath, TechSpark, Bristol Games Hub, the West of England Design Forum and Engine Shed.