Creative Jobs Programme






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The Creative Jobs Programme was set up to develop a lasting skills legacy for the Cultural Olympiad by creating employment and training opportunities for young people at arts organisations involved in the London 2012 Festival.


The programme launched in May 2012 giving 40 unemployed young people aged 18 to 24 the chance to undertake a six month part time paid traineeship at one of 23 high profile partner organisations.


A wide variety of job roles were created covering Arts Administration, Events, Technical Theatre, Visitor Services, Box Office, IT, Digital Media, Festival Production, Collections, Archives and Library, Marketing, Design, Education, and Stage Management.


The aim of the programme is to equip young people with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to begin a career in the creative and cultural sector.


Each participant is offered a range of structured training including induction, arts awards, mentoring, employability skills and sector-based master classes - drawing on the expertise of key staff in the partner organisations. Participants undertake the programme as a cohort, starting and finishing their jobs together to develop a strong network.


The Creative Jobs Programme is managed by the Royal Opera House, and modelled on their successful ‘Culture Quarter Programme’ which ran from 2010 -11. Of the 105 young people employed - 73% subsequently moved into employment (63%) or into further or higher education (10%).