The Creative Society is an arts employment charity that helps young people into jobs in the creative and cultural industries.
It’s clear from our chairman, Richard Greer’s blog just how impressed he was with the training courses we’re running with GOALS for young people who’ve just started their placements through NDotM.
“There were about 20 young people there, all of whom had come through the Jobcentres. I guess most of them came from disadvantaged backgrounds; young people for whom the possibility of getting any employment was bleak, even before they could begin finding something that might give them a chance of doing what they wanted to do. The experience of listening to them talk about their aspirations, and the hurdles they faced, but which they were determined to overcome, just made it clear how important is the task of NDotM. It was pretty inspiring.”
What’s equally impressive is that this is the realisation of NDotM’s mission – to nurture and support young people entering the arts and creative sector. We know how hard it is for people to access a jobs market world where entry level vacancies are rarely advertised and too often you need the connections and the financial support to work for nothing as an intern in the hope that a real job comes out of that. That was borne out in the report we published a couple of months ago Creative Survival in Hard Times.
Just over half the 180 jobs with various arts and cultural institutions across London have been filled and we expect the rest to be in place within the next couple of weeks. Sixteen local people have started work with Stratford Circus and NewVIc in East London and 10 more have been taken on by the London Metropolitan Archive to work on digitising archive material. More than 40 people are beginning their placements with the Notting Hill Mas Band Association while others are working in theatre, dance, production and design jobs across the capital. Some of them you can see and hear on the website and we’ll be updating their progress with online and video diaries.
Meanwhile, we are delighted that a further 500 jobs have been created nationally, funded by government and NDotM is working with a range of partners including PANDA in Manchester and the North West, Brighton & Hove and the East of England.
Added to the other people already in their jobs, this means that about a thousand young people now have the chance to experience work in the arts, learning a whole host of skills which we hope will set them on a path to their chosen careers in the creative sector. This is opening up a wealth of opportunity for them, and is the start of shoring up the next generation of creative talent that is so vital to the country’s economic, social and cultural future.