San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Please note this session is for Cockpit Arts studio-holders only
The Arts Council has pledged £15m over the next two years to support creative businesses like yours to take on paid work experience, interns and apprentices under a new scheme called the Creative Employment Programme (CEP for short).
What is CEP?
The scheme aims to provide:
- 1,600 pre- apprenticeships / work experience placements targeted at 16-18 year olds
- 2,900 apprenticeships, targeted at 16-24 year olds
- 2,000 paid internships, including graduates
The scheme has been launched to help provide a career path for young people into the industry and also to help alleviate youth employment, which is at a record high. It’s also designed to help you, the business owners, to take on much need help in any area of your business.
What’s in it for you?
There is funding available to support you to offer these employment opportunities in the form of small grants to help subsidise the wages of the person that you take on. So this could be a short work experience placement, 6 month internship (including with a graduate) or a 12 month apprenticeship.
You might take someone on for the whole placement/internship/apprenticeship, or you might ‘share’ them with another business. You might need help with production, admin, social media, PR, or another aspect of running your business.
You would need to make a financial contribution, but would benefit from the wage subsidy to make it more affordable.
How can you get involved?
We feel very strongly about supporting new entrants into the craft sector, particularly in such touch economic times. We also feel very strongly about doing our bit to support young unemployed people into work and that the craft sector is an exciting place to be at the moment. Just as importantly, we know that designer-maker businesses like yours needs additional support in production, admin, marketing and finance to grow. So we hope you can see the benefits of getting involved.
Cockpit Arts is planning to make an application to the scheme on behalf of the makers here to provide a range of opportunities over the next 2 years.
The aim of these lunchtime sessions are for you to find out more about exactly how the scheme will work, how you can get involved and what the next steps will be.
A light lunch will be provided and they will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions.
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At Cockpit Arts we support extraordinary craftspeople who create exquisite work. We are an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only creative-business incubator for designer-makers. We provide studio space and a package of support for 165 designer-makers - helping them to accelerate their businesses whilst growing creatively. Through our network we have helped thousands of makers, many of whom have gone on to achieve national and international success. Find our more About Us and the Impact of our work.