The Creative Society is an arts employment charity that helps young people into jobs in the creative and cultural industries.
Hazel Blears MP has today launched a campaign to ban the practice of long term, unpaid internships in Parliament. The Getting Our House In Order Campaign will ask MPs to pledge to paying their interns, rightly identifying that unpaid internships exploit young people and act as a barrier to those from less affluent backgrounds.
During a debate in Parliament, MPs acknowledged the work of The Creative Society (formerly New Deal of the Mind) in tackling the issue of unpaid internships in the UK’s creative industries. Due to the systemic nature of unpaid internships and the ‘who you know’ recruitment culture within the sector, we are running a campaign called Fair Access which encourages creative employers to pay their interns and recruit from a wider talent pool.
We are asking all creative employers to sign our Fair Access Principle, committing them to a minimum standard of recruitment and recognising that if the UK is to remain a world leader in the sector it needs to adopt more transparent and progressive practices.
The Fair Access Principle has so far been signed by over 40 employers in the sector and is part of the application process for the Arts Council’s £15 million employment fund, the Creative Employment Programme.
The message of Hazel Blears’ campaign will hopefully impact beyond the Westminster Village and provide the impetus for more employers in the creative industries to join our Fair Access Campaign.