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Creative Workforce for the Future

Creative Workforce for the Future



Are you ready to work in the creative industries but struggling to get a foot in the door? Do you need more experience? Professional contacts? More work for your portfolio? Mentoring to achieve your goals?

Creative Workforce for the Future is a new programme by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and the European Social Fund (ESF). It 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.

Spike Island is working with The Guild (Coworking Bath)Knowle West Media Centre, Watershed, CYN The Station, Bristol City Council and UWE Bristol to support creatives and businesses across the West of England to develop both industry employment practices embracing inclusion and diversity as an asset, and nurture young talent from certain under-represented groups to gain the experience required to sustain a creative career. Creative Workforce for the future is funded by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and the European Social Fund (ESF) and is being delivered as part of the B+B Creative R+D programme.

Digital Communications Placements at Spike Island

Join the team at Spike Island, an international contemporary arts centre, to work with us on creating all things digital: from online content creation for our website and social media, to improving digital accessibility for our diverse audiences.  You’ll be working within Spike Island’s busy communications team, alongside curators and producers, and within a dynamic community of artists and creative businesses.

Two placement roles have been created at Spike Island as part of the Creative Workforce for the Future placement scheme, which aims to enable talented young people to gain the experience required to sustain creative careers.

The first 5 months of this paid development placement is based here at Spike Island, followed by two 3-month paid placements in other companies. During this period your mentoring and support will continue.

  • What will the scheme offer me?

    • You will receive a 48 week paid placement.
    • You will develop your experience, C.V., portfolio, industry contacts
    • You will have access to a Talent Network of peers offering opportunity, industry expertise and advice.
    • You will be connected to creative businesses and provide you with a dedicated mentor to work with you throughout your placements.
    • You will be equipped with the tools and know-how to sustain a career whether in employment or while freelancing.
    • In addition the companies you will be placed with will receive training to support them to become an employer that is more inclusive.
  • Phase One: January to July 2020

    You will undertake a 24 week placement at Spike Island. During your time here you will develop the skills to thrive in a creative business environment. You will be an active participant in a Talent Network with peers, which will provide further opportunities, industry expertise and advice. You will also receive support and guidance from a dedicated mentor who will work closely with you. You will meet regularly to discuss your career progression and further placements.

  • Phase Two: July to December 2020

    You will spend 24 weeks at two small to medium sized creative media companies matched to your skills and interests.

    During your placements, you might focus on a range of disciplines such as film, broadcast, digital production, animation, or post-production. Your mentor will continue working with you throughout your placements to support transitions, career development and your experience within the companies.

  • Phase Three: Post-placements

    The Talent Network will continue to offer support and opportunities as you begin your journey into paid work in the creative industries.

    If you apply for the scheme and are not selected to undertake a placement, you will be invited to become a part of the Creative Workforce for the Future Talent Network managed by Rife, with opportunity to hear about jobs, attend free masterclasses and events and connect with industry.

  • Am I eligible to apply?

    You must be:

    • aged 18-30 years on first day of placement
    • a UK resident
    • have a National Insurance number registered at an address in the West of England (Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire)
    • NOT currently enrolled at University or at University when the placement starts
    • available for 4 days per week for the entire placement period (27 January to 31 December 2020).
    • able to demonstrate relevant training/skills for working in the creative industries, e.g. you have a University degree, BTEC, GNVQ or other vocational/practical course or relevant experience demonstrating skills, e.g. through work experience, an apprenticeship or training programmes such as Eight Creative Agency, New Creatives, BFI Film Academy, or a portfolio of outstanding work.

    This is an positive action scheme, which means we are specifically inviting applications from those not currently widely represented within the creative industries in the region.

    This scheme is therefore only open to those who are either/or:

    • from a Black Asian Minority Ethnic origin
    • identify as someone with a disadvantaged socioeconomic background

    e.g. Type of school attended at age 11-16, free school meal eligibility, parental experience of higher education, carer status, parental occupation when you were aged 14, parental housing situation when you were aged 11-16

  • We are looking for young people who:

    • are eager to learn, develop new skills and knowledge, and actively participate in meetings, sessions with your dedicated mentor and professional development;
    • are organised, self-motivated and reliable and can be on time for work;
    • are looking to hone communication skills and have productive working relationships with colleagues, peers and those that you work with;
    • want to develop confidence, professional networks and awareness of the career choices available.
  • What will I get paid?

    £257.00 per week based on 32 hours/week

    You will be paid through a training contract which means that you will not need to pay tax or national insurance over the amount.

    Holiday: you will be entitled to pro-rata of 28 days holiday during the 48 week Placement Period

    Please read the role description

  • How long is the contract?

    The contract is 48 weeks, from 27 January to 31 December 2020

    4 days per week with some evenings for network opportunities or events where appropriate


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