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Creative Access’s Highlights of 2015

2015 has truly been a pivotal year for us here at Creative Access. Not only have we nearly doubled the amount of interns that we have placed by reaching a whopping 480, but we have also been privileged to have been joined by some of the creative industry’s most exciting new media partners. This year we have started working with over 90 new media partners including the likes of New Statesman, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The British Council, The National Theatre, Thames TV, Lime Pictures, InStyle and Entertainment One.

As we enter 2016, Creative Access’s Chief Executive Josie Dobrin takes a look back at some of our most memorable moments from the last twelve months:

Moving to ITV – The Creative Access camp moved offices in February and the wonderful guys over at ITV Studios did a fantastic job of settling us in our beautiful now home on 9th floor of their Southbank offices. They were lovely enough to welcome us with a fantastic tea party where we were joined by lots of ITV team members including Managing Director, Julian Bellamy.

Free tickets from National Theatre and Donmar Warehouse – Our friends at the Donmar Warehouse and the National Theatre have treated our interns throughout the year to free tickets for some of their most spectacular shows. From the live More4 broadcast of The Vote at the Donmar in May, all the way through to The Beaux’ Strategem at National Theatre in September, both companies have done a fantastic job of ensuring that their productions are shared throughout the Creative Access network.

London Book Fair – Our friends at the Publishers Association organised a brilliant event for a group of young BAME talent keen to pursue a career in publishing.

Media coverage – 2015 has been a phenomenal year for us when it comes to media coverage. In February, Creative Access were mentioned in Channel 4’s 360° Diversity Charter which pledged their commitment to improve diversity at every level within the company. Creative Access were honoured to have been listed as one of the providers approved to supply interns for factual productions.

We were extremely touched by the outpour of support we received in October when The Bookseller published a piece about our funding being at risk and the follow up piece.

November saw us being featured in two fantastic pieces in Marketing Week, which both highlighted the issue of diversity in the marketing sector.

In December, The Guardian’s editorial piece titled ‘How do we stop UK publishing being so posh, white and male?’, included number of high profile Creative Access supporters and media partners who all talked about the positive changes they have seen in the industry, since they have started working with us.

Intern clinic and buddy system – This year, Creative Access implemented two brand new systems which are designed to provide further support to our interns. We started our intern clinic sessions in June in order to provide monthly support to our interns and give them an opportunity to talk about how they are progressing in their internship or give them advice on what to do next.

We know that starting a new internship can sometimes be challenging; whether you’re unsure that you’ll fit in with your team or are just anxious about your ability to meet the company’s standards. We launched our buddy system in September 2015 to eliminate these worries, by pairing all of our brand new interns with one of our Creative Access alumni who completed their internship in the same sector. By making this connection, we opened up the lines of communication and helped our new interns speak to someone who has gone through the same experiences as them and help prepare them for their career in their chosen sector.

Creative Industry Showcases – Every year, Creative Access host a number of Creative Industry Showcases for recent BAME graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in the creative sector. Our showcases included a panel of experienced industry professionals from a variety of creative sectors and the evening is always a great opportunity for the attendees to network with each other and the media representatives.

This year, our Creative Industry Showcases were hosted by Channel 4 and the creative agency AMV BBDO. We welcomed over 300 BAME candidates for both sessions and it was great to see them all inspired by the potential creative career paths.

Masterclasses – Every month Creative Access organise masterclasses for our network of interns. These sessions feature a panel of professional industry speakers and are hosted by some of the most prestigious companies in the creative sector.

This year we have had a series of inspirational masterclasses at:

Google HQ
ITV Studios (April) ITV Studios (July)
House of Commons
Osborne Clarke
National Theatre

We would like to say a massive thank you to all of these companies for hosting the masterclasses, as well as to the inspirational industry speakers.

2015 has definitely been an amazing year for us and we are so grateful to everyone who has contributed to our success this year. We look forward to going from strength to strength in 2016.