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Creative Access’s reflection on 2016

creative-accesss-2016highlights2016 has seen us reach some momentous milestones here at Creative Access. From placing our 500th, 600th and 700th interns, all the way through to welcoming brand new media partners such as Tate, Twitter, Finacial Times and Lyric Theatre to our growing network.

As 2017 quickly approaches, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of our highlights and share some of our proudest moments of the year.

Placed 700 interns – Earlier this month, we were thrilled to have placed our 700th intern, Sharul Khan at Swan Films. This was a phenomenal achievement for us and we were proud to have helped Sharul take the first steps into fulfilling his career ambitions.

“Without Creative Access I wouldn’t have found a role like this. The team couldn’t have been more supportive throughout the recruitment process and now that I’m about to begin my internship. I’m so thrilled to have this opportunity – at last – to prove myself and begin my career in television.” Sharul Khan

Masterclasses – Although each of our twelve masterclasses this year have been exceptional, we were particularly honoured to be joined by two special guest speakers. In September we were joined by the award-winning author Malorie Blackman, where she covered everything from her start as an author through to the inception of her breakthrough novel, Noughts & Crosses.

October saw us welcome the prolific comedian, Sir Lenny Henry. His humorous exuberance kept our interns engaged as shared anecdotes from his childhood experiences in Dudley and offered some valuable advice on how to make the most out of your opportunities.

This year we have had masterclasses at:

News UK

Google UK

BBC Radio Theatre

Twitter

AMV BBDO

Hachette

House of Commons

ITV (TV masterclass)

Wellcome Trust

Herbert Smith Freehills

National Theatre

ITV (Christmas awards and party)

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.

Two 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 we invited over 600 aspiring young creatives to join us for our Creative Industries Showcase at Channel 4 and The Faber Academy.  It was fantastic to see so many talented people committed to forging a career in the creative sector and great to see them all inspired by the sessions.

New website – In November, our website received a delightful new revamp and we couldn’t be happier with the results!

Trailblazer groups – We were thrilled to gather together over 40 leading companies and creative organisations to form three trailblazer groups in order to develop apprenticeship standards in three sectors; theatre; publishing; and television and film.

We are so grateful to everyone who has contributed to our success this year and supported us!