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Creative Access

Our vision: Working towards a day when Britain’s society is truly reflected in our creative industries

Why we exist


BAME representation across
the creative industries in 2012

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

Figures from the 2011 British Census and Creative Skillset’s 2012 Employment Census showed that the UK was 14% non-white, London’s population was made up of over 40% black, Asian, ethnic minorities (BAME) yet BAME representation across the creative industries had fallen to a stark 5.4%.

At Creative Access we believe that the absence of diversity in the creative sector is not only bad for our society, but is also bad for business – how can the media reflect society, if society is not reflected in the media?

Creative Access has been set up as a Community Interest Company (CIC, pronounced ‘kick’ not ‘sick’). This means we are a not-for-profit social enterprise and that all profits are re-invested.

But what really gives us a ‘CIC’? (sorry – couldn’t resist!). Our decisions are driven by the interests of both the young people and the companies with whom we work. This sets us apart from other organisations where all decisions are ultimately about increasing profits. Of course, in order to be able to continue our work in the long-term, we can’t lose money, so we are hugely grateful to all our industry partners and to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation for their invaluable support.

What we do

Creative Access is working to change the face of the creative industries, founded with the single purpose of providing young BAME people, paid training opportunities in creative companies and supporting them into full time employment.

Our vision is that in the longer term, our interns will progress to management positions, and in turn bring in others from under-represented communities in alongside them. Working with the UK’s most successful creative firms, we facilitate paid 3 to 12 month-long internships.

 We operate across ten different creative sectors:

  • Book Publishing
  • Film
  • Museums & Galleries
  • Music
  • Newspaper & Magazine Publishing
  • PR, Advertising & Marketing
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Talent
  • Theatre

We work with large, small and medium-sized companies right across the UK, from Bristol to Newcastle and from Cardiff to Manchester. Our interns have been placed with over 270 media companies, including global brands such as ITV, Hachette, Pan Macmillan and the National Theatre.


At a glance




Media partners

82 %

in full time employment after completing their internship