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Our 2020 wrapped

This has been an exceptionally difficult year for so many, and now more than ever we know that we need to help under-represented communities enter and thrive within the creative industries. 

Have a read through to discover just some of the highlights Creative Access has to report from 2020!

Our Campaigns

Earlier this year we announced the findings of our On The Verge survey looking at the impact of COVID-19 on talent from under-represented communities in the UK. We conducted this survey to help understand the impact of coronavirus on emerging creatives and what resources we should be providing in order to best support our community.

Following on from this we were proud to launch our #MoreThanWords campaign; a call to action for businesses to make a whole-hearted commitment to bringing in and uplifting under-represented talent within the creative industries.

Mentoring Programmes

We expanded our Development programme sponsored by the Financial Times and launched new and exciting mentoring schemes, including with Penguin Random HouseSet Access with Guy Ritchie, Promax UK and ScreenSkills.

Outreach in 2020

Creative Access held over 30 masterclasses this year with our exceptional alumni interviewing key industry figures including Yasmin Qureshi MPRobert PestonAsif KapadiaAde Adepitan and Yamin Choudhury

We also held our annual Creative Industry Showcase at Channel 4 attended by 250 young people – hosted by CA alumni Sophie Duker – and our third Radiocentre event.

Recruitment in 2020

A highlight and positive revolution for the recruitment team has been the adaptation of meeting and supporting candidates virtually. At a time where we have seen candidate registration numbers increase up to 400%, we have ramped up our outreach and employability support making these industry-specific whilst continuing to place applicants and offer a more consultative approach to our media partners – guiding them on on-boarding new starters virtually and being supportive to new starters and employers likewise. We’ve recruited more than 100 candidates into paid internships and permanent roles this year and supported them all via either our Entry or Development programmes.

Kickstart

We are acting as a Kickstart gateway so that our employer partners can offer young people aged 18 – 24 who are claiming Universal Credit, a 6-month work placement which is fully funded by the Government. As an intermediary, we can submit multiple applications until the December 2021 deadline. If you are interested in creating a new placement, please register your interest via this form 

New Team

These year has seen many new additions to our team, from our new Chair, Stephen Page and two new non-executive directors, Zoe Whitley and Ameet Shah, to a new Head of Programmes and a new Head of Partnerships. We are thrilled to be working with them all and they are already proving to be huge assets to Creative Access.

Online

We now reach more than candidates than ever before. We have a database of over 50,000 and massive reach of over 2m across the UK via our social media channels.

Our alumni

At the heart of everything we do are our wonderful interns and alumni who are continuing to achieve great things; making a genuine impact on the creative industries workforce. There are too many individuals to mention but we are proud of each and every one one of them

Finally, thank you to everyone who has contributed to our success this year and supported us. It hasn’t been easy but your support doesn’t go unnoticed. We’ll see you in what we hope is a happy, healthy and successful 2021 for us all.