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Creative Access’s Highlights of 2014

2014 has been a phenomenal year for us. We have placed 260 interns across a wide range of creative industry sectors, been awarded Government funding and run a series of successful masterclasses along with our media partners.

So, with 2015 just around the corner, Creative Access’s Chief Executive Josie Dobrin takes a look back at some of our highlights of the past twelve months…

In-house recruitment – From January this year, by employing our own specialised in-house team, Creative Access has been able to take a much more hands-on approach with our recruitment process. Utilising our team’s knowledge and expertise has allowed us to provide industry-specific support to each of our candidates, while at the same time, recommending the very best candidates to our media partners.

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

This year we have had a series of inspiring Masterclasses at:
Freuds – HR Workshop
ITV Studios – TV Production & Commissioning
Sony Music – The Music Business
Random House – Book Publishing
BBC – Ethics & the Media
BBC News – News Production
House of Lords – Politics & the Media
Donmar Warehouse – The Theatre Industry
The Telegraph – The Newspaper Industry
Hearst Magazines – The Magazine Industry

We are so grateful to all these companies for hosting the masterclasses as well as to the amazing industry speakers: everyone from the CEO of Penguin Random House, Tom Weldon to MP David Lammy, Lord David Puttnam, and Sony Music’s A&R Executive, Tyler Brown.

Placing 30 interns at the BBC – In June, the BBC’s Director-General invited Creative Access to Elstree Studios where he announced the BBC’s plans to partner with Creative Access and take on 30 interns. This was part of a new scheme aimed at addressing the on and off-screen representation of the BAME community at the BBC. Now we’ve hit December, we are delighted to announce that the first 25 interns have been placed with the departments including Holby City, Comedy and BBC Radio 2.

Creative Industry Showcases – Over the last year, we have hosted three successful Creative Industry Showcases. These events are a unique opportunity for recent BAME graduates to learn more about working in the creative industries from senior leaders in the sector. Channel 4 opened their doors for us in March and April to host the first sessions of 2014 and the October session was hosted by Freuds Communications. Some of the industry’s most respected figureheads were kind enough to give their time and talk to our candidates about what to expect when you enter the creative industry, including:

Murad Ahmed – Technology Reporter, The Times
Genevieve Ampaduh – Head of Digital Marketing, Sony Music / Syco
Farzana Baduel – Managing Director, Curzon PR
Natalie Jerome – Publishing Director, HarperCollins
Ola Animashawun – Trustee, Paines Plough & Associate, Royal Court Theatre
Saurabh Kakkar – Head of Development, BBC Comedy Production
Sathnam Sanghera – Features Writer, The Times
Angela Jain – Director of Digital Channels & Acquisitions, ITV
Sarah Odedina – Managing Director, Hot Keys Books
Stephanie Busari – Special Projects Coordinator, CNN.com
Indhu Rubasingham – Artistic Director, Tricycle Theatre
Dawn Beresford – Talent Executive, CPL Productions
Emily Dean – Deputy Editor, InStyle Magazine and presenter Absolute Radio
Perjeet Aujla – Features Development Producer at Maverick TV
Bennett McGhee – Production executive and Associate producer at Wildgaze Films
Ravi Mattu – Tech, Media & Telecoms News Editor at The Financial Times

CV Surgeries – This year we launched our very own monthly CV surgeries. These offer potential interns the opportunity to have one to one meetings with members of our recruitment team to help prepare top-class CVs.

End of year drinks and awards
We wanted to mark the end of a wonderful year with a festive celebration. Earlier this month, we invited all of our media partners, board members, current interns and alumni, to join us for some end of year drinks at Freuds. The event was a great chance for all of our friends to network and a chance for us to say thanks for all their support.

We also wanted to honour some of our exceptional media partners and devised our own Creative Access Industry Awards:

Music & Theatre: WINNER, Paines Plough

Advertising, Marketing & PR: WINNER, Ian Johnson PR

Television: WINNER, ITV Studios

Publishing: WINNER, Hachette

Trailblazer award: WINNER, HarperCollins

Special Contribution: WINNER, The Publishers Association
We were even treated to a surprise performance from our very talented intern, Ashley John Baptiste…

2014 has definitely been one for the Creative Access scrapbook. We would like to say a massive thanks to everyone who has contributed to our success this year.