The Creative Society is an arts employment charity that helps young people into jobs in the creative and cultural industries.
Our London Future Jobs Fund programme received a very positive final assessment from the Department for Work and Pensions. Their report concluded that NDotM had “put a lot of effort into creating and filling jobs for the Future Jobs Fund.” They added that our management systems were “very robust” and after a site visit to us concluded that “the employees had gained a vast amount of experience in the working environment and this will help prepare them for future employment.”
Our own exit questionnaires confirm that those on the programme considered it to have been a resounding success.
Of our London placements in over 40 creative and cultural organisations, more than 70 per cent moved on to an unsubsidised job or into full or part-time education. Some 60 per cent were from ethnic minority backgrounds, thus increasing access to the creative sector, a major aim of ours. Our exit questionnaires also revealed that 90 per cent of our FJF-ers could not have afforded to take unpaid work which, without this scheme, would have been the only way of gaining relevant experience. At the end of their work period their confidence levels had significantly increased.
A more detailed analysis is currently under way and will be published in the next couple of months.