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Fighting through to the top of your game with a little help from CA!

What is it like landing a dream job as a BBC sports reporter? And how difficult is it to break through? Daniel Raza, 23, talks about his climb to BBC TV Sports News and how Creative Access gave him the leg up that he needed.  “We don’t see a lot of Asian faces on the […]

Brighter Prospects with Creative Access

Prospects is a platform where you can find graduate jobs, postgraduate study, advice about work experience, internship opportunities and graduate careers. They have featured us in their latest career guide with a quote on diversity in the creative sector from Josie, our CEO: “We know that people from different backgrounds find it harder to crak the […]

Case Study: First-hand experience of Creative Access’ support

As the new university term rolls in, Prospects, a careers and advice platform for students, have recently published a case study demonstrating Creative Access’ role in the development of one student’s television career in her post-grad life… “Creative Access is the biggest support network and I wouldn’t have felt able, or good enough to set […]

HarrisonParrott, celebrates its 50th anniversary reports Classical Music

Classical Music, the current affairs magazine for the classical music industry, reports that Creative Access employer partner, HarrisonParrott, celebrated its 50th anniversary by taking over London’s Southbank Centre for ’50 Years in a Day’, a day of concerts, talks and pop-up performances. The day also celebrated the launch of the HarrisonParrott Foundation and its work […]

FT launches fellowship for aspiring BAME journalists in memory of ‘much-loved’ sub-editor

Press Gazette, the media trade magazine dedicated to journalism and the press, reports on the launch of a new fellowship in memory of Maisie Hylton, who spent 20 years on the FT production desk and sadly died of a heart attack in June last year aged 59. The first internship is being recruited via Creative […]

BBC Studios publishes Gender Pay Gap Report

Advanced Television reports that BBC Studios has published its UK Gender Pay Gap Report. This includes an action plan for the forthcoming year highlights specific initiatives designed to boost the diversity of the business. These including working Creative Access to bring under-represented talent into the industry. For the full article, see here.  

British fashion exploits, celebrates and fetishises the Working Class

Hot off the heels of London Fashion week, leading publication, the Business of Fashion reports on British fashion’s ‘odd relationship’ with social class. The article looks at how a career in fashion is both hard work and financially precarious, but also leaves recruits from lower-income backgrounds at a distinct disadvantage. Creative Access Founder and Chief Executive, Josie […]

Latest Siewcharran grant recipients announced by Book Brunch

Book Brunch, the publishing trade’s daily news magazine reports on Creative Access’ latest administration of The Mo Siewcharran fund to Oneworld Publications, the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond and Theatre Deli in Sheffield. Publisher at Oneworld, Juliet Mabey said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Creative Access, who have been such a brilliant force working […]

The ethnic pay gap: What does it feel like to be the only woman of colour in the office?

“Being the “first” or the “only” in the workplace is challenging, and for me it was a huge shock to the system.” Former Creative Access intern, Digital Assistant and Contributor to The Sunday Times, Alice Kemp-Habib speaks as one of the newspaper’s first ‘diversity hires’, goes into depth about navigating the ethnic pay gap and discusses the […]

Finding the X Factor – A call to action by Natalie Jerome

In response to the survey of Creative Access interns and alumni in conjunction with in The Bookseller, Publisher and Creative Access Advisory Board member, Natalie Jerome lays down a challenge for the publishing industry. Calling for more employment from a wider range of backgrounds into positions, she goes on to say: “Creative Access, the social enterprise that […]

First steps on a long journey – Broadcast’s conversation about diversity

“It’s not just about what we do but who we partner with. We are not specialists at this, we are broadcasters. ITV works with Creative Access, for example, which has expertise at recruiting BAME people into the industry and has recently broadened its focus to include people from a socially disadvantaged background.” Ade Rawcliffe, Head of […]

Lovely People – A commentary by Editor of the Bookseller

“The problem, to borrow from Lee Child, is that the bar was set too low (and for too long), and we have yet to sail above it.” Philip Jones, Editor of the Bookseller, writes a commentary piece about the survey of Creative Access interns published in the Bookseller. See his musings in full here.

Creative Access survey of publishing industry shakes up the book trade…

The Bookseller publish the results of our survey of all those Creative Access has placed in publishing roles. With a mixed bag of results, three quarters of respondents said that their internship confirmed that they did want to work in publishing, but 32% of said they had found it difficult to progress through the industry. […]

Mo Siewcharran grant awarded to Profile Books

Book Brunch, the publishing trade’s daily news magazine, reports on Profile Books winning £5,000 to help support a marketing and publicity assistant from a BAME background. Profile marketing director, Niamh Murray said: “We’re delighted to welcome a Creative Access intern to Profile Books, and particularly honoured that it’s under the Mo Siewcharran Memorial Scheme. Colleagues at Profile […]

FT board’s support helps launch development scheme for non-white & lower income journalists

The UK’s leading trade magazine dedicated to journalism and the press reports on the Financial Times’s sponsorship of the Creative Access Development Programme and that the entire UK board has signed up as mentors to Creative Access alumni. To read the full article in Press Gazette, see here. If you are interested in becoming a mentor […]

Music Business Worldwide report on initiatives to improve diversity…

Music Business Worldwide report on the recent Gender Pay Gap reporting, showing that here’s still work to be done at the biggest music corporations, then, but a number of their independent competitors do offer a glimmer of hope for the music business in general. Absolute Label Services talk about their work with Creative Access, including […]

J.K. Rowling backs Killer Women’s Mentoring Scheme

Leading trade publication for the publishing industry, The Bookseller reports on female crime writing group Killer Women’s new Mentoring Scheme which is supported by Creative Access, Arts Council England, The Good Literary Agency and a range of others. The initiative is designed to support emerging authors from BAME and working-class backgrounds and is endorsed by J […]

HarrisonParrott works with Creative Access to support diversity in the arts

Arts Industry reports on HarrisonParrott celebrating its 50thanniversary by setting up a foundation to support diversity and inclusivity in the arts. The classical music agency partners with Creative Access and Tri-Borough Music Hub to develop a series of programmes tackling the problem. The full article can be read online here.

The National Student reports on the success of Creative Access

    The National Student highlights Creative Access’ latest achievement of placing its 1,000th intern and discusses the impact the organisation has made in terms of creating a more diverse workforce, featuring interviews with Josie Dobrin and intern number 1,000 Patricia from the Royal Society of Literature. The article can be read online here.

Arts Professional celebrates Creative Access achievements

Arts Professional reports on Creative Access’s achievements since it was established in 2012. The piece features Director of the National Theatre, Rufus Norris and former intern at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Anthony Lee, now Digital Manager at the Young Vic. The report can be read online here.

Access your creative side!

We are delighted to be featured in the online publication of BAME – The Education & Careers Guide – Issue 2 which highlights the need for Creative Access in terms of championing diversity and equal representation in the creative industries. You can read more about it here. (Please refer to pages 56 – 7).

Book Brunch report – Creative Access places its 1,000th intern

Daily news service Book Brunch feature Creative Access’s latest achievement, including comments from Nicola Solomon at the Society of Authors, and Patricia Chidavarume, intern number 1000 at the Royal Society of Literature.  The article can be found at Book Brunch here and in full here.

Creative Access impact hailed as it places 1,000th intern

The Bookseller, top trade publication for the publishing industry, reports on Creative Access’s latest milestone, including comments from Anthony Forbes-Watson at Pan Macmillan and Stephen Page from Faber & Faber.  You can read the article online at The Bookseller here or in full here.

​Creative Access reaches 1,000th trainee milestone

Leading trade publication for the television and radio industry Broadcast, covers our announcement of placing our 1,000th trainee in the creative industries. The article reports on how Creative Access have now forged ties with more than 400 companies while overseeing the placements, which are given to trainees from BAME and lower socio-economic backgrounds. You can read it via […]

Five tips for breaking into broadcast

Whether you are a journalism student or a budding broadcaster with no experience, Hiba Hassan from the University of the Arts London gives advice on how to get that dream job behind the microphone, including a name check for Creative Access. Read the article on Journalism.co.uk here.  

Access all areas for the next generation of diverse radio talent

Great report of Creative Access’s January masterclass hosted by the Radiocentre in the industry’s leading trade publication, Radio Today. For the full coverage, see here.

Radiocentre and BBC to host CA Masterclass

We are delighted to be featured on Radio Today in the run up to our CA Masterclass on Wednesday 16th January 2019. The article reports on the importance of working with young people to provide inspiration and opportunities in the creative sector. You can read it in full here.

Creative Access CEO included in 100 most influential for second year

We were proud to be recognised for our work within the publishing industry, placing over 250 interns, most of whom are still employed within the sector. Our CEO and co-founder Josie Dobrin was included the book trade’s 100 most influential people of 2018 by The Bookseller. She’s in great company with so many of our friends from partner […]

‘Encourage more risk’ – How is PR responding to the creative challenge?

Leading comms publication, PR Week, take a look at how the PR industry is fostering creativity; what are the issues mentors think they need to tackle and is a lack of diversity in marketing communications hampering creativity? John Harrington speaks to Creative Access CEO, Josie Dobrin for her views on the issue.

Diversity in the Creative Industries – a student’s perspective

Concrete, the University of East Anglia’s official student newspaper, reports on diversity in the creative industries and nominates Creative Access as their chosen organisation to fundraise for during this academic year. Read more about it here.  

Slay in Your Lane Presents: Loud Black Girls, The Anthology

The Bookseller, trade publication for the book industry, reports that Bonnier Books UK imprint Lagom has signed an “important and timely” anthology from the authors of Slay In Your Lane, Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené.  As part of the publication of Loud Black Girls, The Anthology’ Bonnier Books is also offering a four-month editorial internship in collaboration with Creative Access. Read more about […]

Fund launched to support BAME internships in memory of Mo Siewcharran

A memorial fund supporting BAME internships in publishing and the theatre has been launched in memory of Mo Siewcharran, the former Nielsen Book director of marketing and communications who died suddenly in June 2017. The Fund – run in conjunction with Creative Access, will support four interns a year for an initial five years, with […]

Diversifying TV: the practices improving workplace inclusivity

As the television industry works towards ensuring a more diverse workforce, UK and US execs tell Television Business International the practices – from networking to Creative Access – that are improving workplace inclusivity. The full article can be read here.

Are BAME workers being penalised in the workplace?

This week the Resolution Foundation published a report which explores pay penalties among the UK’s ethnic minorities. The report shows that between 1996-97 and 2016-17 the employment rate among black and Pakistani/Bangladeshi men grew by over a quarter, while it doubled among Pakistani/Bangladeshi women. But in spite of this progress, large pay gaps remain. The average […]

National newspapers investing in BAME interns who can ‘reach communities that others have not been able to reach’

National newspapers are now investing in BAME interns after realising the need to represent the communities they want to reach reports leading trade publication, the Press Gazette. Creative Access places around 30 to 40 young BAME journalists a year, working with organisations including the BBC, ITN, The Financial Times, The Telegraph and The Times. Co-founder and CEO of charity […]

Creative Access CEO talks to Radio New Zealand about Diversity in Publishing

Where is diversity in the creative industries? Co-founder and CEO of charity Creative Access, Josie Dobrin, travelled to New Zealand to speak at the Publisher’s Association of New Zealand’s biennial conference. Whilst she was there she spoke to radio host Kathryn Ryan about how to create more diversity in the creative industries, with a focus […]

Should BAME be ditched as a term for black, Asian & minority ethnic people?

Rajdeep Sandhu, Political Reporter at BBC Radio Kent (and former Creative Access intern at HarperCollins) explores the term “BAME”. Rajdeep explores the history of the term, interviews David Lammy MP and a host of Creative Access interns about their opinions. It’s a term often used by politicians, officials and the media – including the BBC […]

When Positive Discrimination Can Be Completely Legal

“Is this fake news?” was the message I received through my Facebook page with a screenshot of an advertisement for a training opportunity at a BBC radio station. It clearly stated that the roles were only open to people from Black and Asian backgrounds. Ushma Mistry reports on how affirmative action or ‘positive discrimination’ is […]

Broadcast Magazine reports on Creative Access’s new Development Scheme for alumni

Broadcast,the a weekly magazine for the United Kingdom television and radio industry, features a piece on Creative Access’s new Development scheme. The full article can be seen here and below. Indie execs sign up as Creative Access mentors while ITV opens annual journalist scheme Arrow Media, Electric Ray, Twofour and ITN are among those backing Creative Access’ mentoring […]

Campaign Magazine features Creative Access plea for ad industry to mentor more BAME staff as they climb ladder

Campaign magazine, the world’s leading business title for advertising, marketing and media communities, features Creative Access’s plea for more mentors to support our alumni as they progress their careers. The article focuses on Creative Access achievements to date and the recent launch of the Development programme for alumni. To read the article in full click […]

Creative Access CEO discusses Sutton Trust report on unpaid internships on BBC Radio London

Yesterday the Sutton Trust published a report on unpaid internships, titled ‘Unpaid, Unadvertised and Unfair‘. In the report, Research Fellow Dr Rebecca Montacute looks at the true cost of unpaid internships in 2018; particularly highlighting that “even if transport costs are provided … the minimum cost of carrying out an internship in London unpaid is […]

The Bookseller reports on Creative Access placing 800th trainee

The Bookseller reports on our latest milestone, focusing on top publishers Pan Macmillan, with quotes from Hamza Jahanzeb, digital marketing assistant and Anthony Forbes Watson, managing director of Pan Macmillan. To read the full article, see here.  

Naming the bias problem

Have a read of this inspirational blog in The Bookseller magazine​ by Ziyad Marar, the president of global publishing at SAGE Publishing​ . He writes about how he had to change his first name to secure a role and also cites the measures SAGE is taking to improve diversity in the workplace, including working with […]

‘Breaking down the barriers’ – The Guardian chat about improving publishing diversity

In a new Guardian article, ‘Breaking down the barriers – a new chapter in publishing’, Authors, agents, activists and publishers discuss their ideas for improving the prospects for BAME writers. CEO of Faber, Stephen Page references the partnership they will be holding every year with Creative Access to create 20-week traineeships for BAME candidates. For the […]

Creative Access launches new mentoring scheme for alumni

Creative Access have launched an exciting new mentoring scheme and are seeking volunteers from the industry. Despite the fact that almost 800 interns have been placed over the last five years many of the young people we work with still feel the need for ongoing guidance and advice as they progress their career. To that end, we are thrilled to have launched […]

How Creative Access are tackling diversity – The Bookseller chat to prominent members of publishing industry

In a new article, The Bookseller have spoken to seven panelists about their experience of diversity in the publishing sector. Head of Community Engagement at Cambridge University Press, Heidi Mulvey and Kiren Shoman, Editorial Director at SAGE, highlight Creative Access and the positive work it is doing to improve levels of inclusivity in publishing. For the full article […]

Creative Access CEO discusses unpaid internships on Channel 5 news

Should unpaid work experience be banned? Josie Dobrin, Chief Executive of Creative Access and former intern at ITV Shiver, Safiya Pommell discuss the issue with Matt Barbet live on Channel 5 news. To see the full report, click here.

Press for Diversity – Radio 4 documentary featuring Creative Access CEO

Creative Access Chief Executive, Josie Dobrin, talks to journalist Hugh Muir for this Radio 4 documentary which examines whether the newspaper industry is losing touch with Britain’s increasingly diverse society.  Does the lack of diversity in newsrooms undermine the quality and accuracy of the news we read? Click here to listen to the full programme. […]

Faber unveils plans to tackle under-representation including partnership with Creative Access

The Bookseller reports this week that Faber & Faber has created a bursary for a 20-week internship for a person from a BAME background, partnering with Creative Access to help with the recruitment. The company intends to make this an annual initiative. For the full article click here.

In Memoriam: Khadija Saye

British artist Khadija Saye was a victim of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June 2017 in West London. Saye was born in London in 1992, and graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in 2013. In this article friends and mentors of Khadija pay tribute to an extraordinary talent…

Memorial appeals launched to remember Khadija Saye

The Art Newspaper reports that donations are being made to create paid internships plus a general fund in memory of Venice Biennale artist who died in London’s Grenfell Tower fire. Click here to read the full article.

Creative Access restarts as social enterprise by Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

The organisation, which was previously a registered charity, has become a social enterprise after the government withdrew more than £2m of funding for its paid BAME internship programmes. The move means that it will still be able to place BAME interns across the creative industries. Whereas government funding previously subsidised the first year of paid […]

Creative Access has supported diversity in publishing since 2012 – now they need your support

After the announcement of funding cuts by the UK Government, Society of Authors show their support in this blog piece, urging people to sign the petition to save Creative Access. Featuring quote from current intern Samia Gundkalli.

British Phonographic Industry Respond To Creative Access Funding Cuts

“We are very disappointed that Government has withdrawn funding from Creative Access, an organisation which we have worked with closely to offer routes into the music industry for young people from diverse backgrounds. It is vital that Government supports the efforts of businesses like music to ensure equality of opportunity and pathways into creative careers […]

Charity which helps minorities get into journalism facing closure threat after government funding cuts

The charity Creative Access is “exploring options” after government funding cuts have threatened its existence. Josie Dobrin, chief executive and co-founder of the organisation, told Press Gazette that she did not know whether they would have to close soon, although she said the intention is to keep going. She said that the organisation is in discussion […]

Pan Mac pledges £50k to help save Creative Access

Pan Macmillan have partnered with Creative Access since 2013 and have since taken on eight interns. They have supportively pledged £50,000 to Creative Access and undertaken to double its intake of fully funded Creative Access interns in a bid to help the agency continue its work to increase diversity in the creative industries.

The Government’s Decision To Cut Creative Access’ Funding Is Sad And Short-Sighted

Having invested in Creative Access for three years, the Government now risks damaging its own efforts to get more disadvantaged young people into the creative industries. Having placed 700 young people with more than 250 media companies – 90% of whom have got jobs at the end of their placement – we could say ‘mission […]

Creative Access crisis leaves industry dismayed

 Television bosses are dismayed at the government’s decision to withdraw funding from diversity charity Creative Access’s BAME internship scheme. Piece written in today’s Broadcast Now. The scheme, which placed its 700th intern this month, works across the creative industries but has placed more than half of its interns in TV businesses, including a large number […]

Petition to save Creative Access gets swell of support

A petition created by Creative Access supporter and journalist William Njobvu was launched to save diversity charity Creative Access from closure. Since it was started on Tuesday (13th December) the petition has secured more than 2,100 signatures, including from many high-profile industry figures.

The Government Has Slashed Funding to the Only UK Charity Helping Young PoC Into Creative Industries

Written by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff who was a former Creative Access intern placed at Financial Times magazine. Writing for Vice Magazine, Charlie responds to the news of Creative Access funding cuts by the UK government, channeling her concerns and showing her support.

Charity helping ethnic minority interns loses government funding

The news came days after it emerged that the culture secretary, Karen Bradley, blocked the appointment of the former deputy chief executive of Arts Council England, Althea Efunshile, a black woman, to the board of Channel 4, prompting further criticism of the government’s commitment to diversity. Written today in The Guardian.

Government slashes Creative Access funding

Last week it was confirmed that Creative Access is in jeopardy after the government pulled more than £2m worth of its funding. Earlier this year, the charity was assured by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills – which funded the charity until June 2016 – that funding would continue.

BAME charity funding slashed

Diversity charity Creative Access is facing closure after the government withdrew more than £2m of funding for its paid BAME internship programmes. On 5 December, despite earlier assurances from BIS that the funding would continue, the charity was informed that the DoE would not continue to fund its work because its strategic priority was apprenticeships.

Creating access in publishing

‘The publishing industry has shown “a genuine commitment” to “introducing diverse talent into the industry” as well as “nurturing and supporting young people into permanent roles”.’   Feature in the bookseller with quotes from Creative Access CEO Josie Dobrin.

Levelling the playing field

24 November, 2016 A piece written in Broadcast Now by Anne-Marie Corvin about diversity organisations offering training opportunities praises Creative Access. The training available to those from under-represented groups TV is united in its goal of creating a more diverse industry: it is beginning to use the new reporting system, Diamond, and broadcasters are starting […]

Making publishing more diverse: Interview with Josie Dobrin

The BookMachine interviews Creative Access CEO Josie Dobrin, discussing all things Creative Access, book publishing and diversity.

Creative Access interns and alumni take part in publishing diversity conference

Today, Creative Access board member Nigel Warner was joined by Creative Access interns and alumni who took part in a publishing diversity conference organised by the Publisher’s Association. Check out the interview in The Bookseller’s special with CEO Josie Dobrin here (pages 6-7).

Publishing seeks to address industry’s lack of diversity

Harper Collins non-fiction publisher and Creative Access board member Natalie Jerome, collates a series of first-person accounts written by senior publishing executives from diverse backgrounds. This is the first such initiative to focus on the “rich line of brilliant BAME publishers”. Some of these pieces are written by former Creative Access interns: Ama Josephine Budge – former intern […]

Support for racial equality faces a perfect storm of challenges post Brexit

Creative Access Chairman Sathnam Sanghera talks race equality and post Brexit challenges in this article in The Times.

Creative Access leading the way for apprenticeships in the creative industries in this week’s The Bookseller

Creative Access is delighted to have been mentioned in an article titled, ‘The Publisher’s Apprentice’ by The Bookseller. The article highlights the way UK government funded apprenticeships will change from early 2017, mentioning how Creative Access has helped to change the rather homogenous workforce that has been found in the publishing industry. You can read the full article […]

Minister of State, Matt Hancock mentions Creative Access in compelling creative industries speech

Matt Hancock was appointed Minister of State responsible for digital policy at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on 15 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for West Suffolk on 6 May 2010. Matt made a speech on Friday 9th September 2016, addressing the UK Creative industries in which he said “As Skills Minister […]

Creative Access: Building a diverse workforce

Creative Access has been organising internships for young BAME talent for the past three years. In this article featured in Broadcast Now, former trainees and their employers tell Ann-Marie Corvin what it has done for them. 

What next for the BBC?

A great piece in The Guardian that looks at the future of the BBC. It includes a comment from Michael Foster, founder and Trustee of Creative Access.

‘Let them read books’: why publishing needs to pay its interns

It’s been a year since Spread The Word’s ‘Writing the Future’ report found that unpaid internships were hampering diversity in publishing, and six years since Suzanne Collier called for publishing internships to be structured and monitored. A panel on diversity at this year’s London Book Fair heard that unpaid internships were a “very real barrier” […]

Time someone else had a go

Literally every day, a young person will cross the street and speak to me about the difference Creative Access has made to their life.

Diversity debates focus on ‘unconscious bias’ in publishing

The publisher is also embarking on its “biggest campaign ever” with Creative Access. “Without putting a figure on it, it’s going to be in the double digit numbers of hires,” confirmed Athanasiou.  

Society of Authors interview CA alumni, Yassine Belkacemi

After getting a kick start to his career via Creative Access in 2014 Yassine Belkacemi is now a Press Officer at John Murray Press.

Ethnic-minority talents will deliver if they’re given the chance

Creative Access announced at an event hosted by Google that it has now placed 500 young BAME candidates in six-month or year-long internships with more that 200 different companies, ranging from The National Theatre, to public relations firm Freud Communications.  

Diversity Charity Creative Access places 500 BAME interns in the media in 3 years

Creative Access, a charity that facilitates access to the media and wider creative industries for young BAME talent, has today placed its 500th intern.

Creative Access places 500th BAME intern

Diversity charity Creative Access which places ethnic minority talent into the industry has placed its 500th intern.  

Media nepotism is holding back diversity

Which is why, Creative Access, the media charity I chair, and which is jointly funded by HM Government and the media sector, was set up by talent agent Michael Foster.

Promotions at Hodder and JMP publicity teams

Announcement of the promotion of a Creative Access intern

Diversity: Broadening the workforce

Creative Access are cited as a great example of helping TV companies become more diverse in this Broadcast article.

Publishing industry is overwhelmingly white and female, US study finds

At Creative Access, a charity that provides opportunities for young people from a minority ethnic background to work in the creative industries, chief executive Josie Dobrin pointed to the 2011 British census, which found that more than 40% of Londoners are non-white, and to the 2012 Employment Census published by Skillset in July 2013, which […]

How do we stop UK publishing being so posh, white and male?

The charity Creative Access has worked with a range of publishers and literary agents to provide paid internships for young people from BAME backgrounds.

Marketing should lead in cultivating diversity

Organisations such as Creative Access and the Ideas Foundation are working tirelessly to increase the appeal of the creative industries to people from inner city schools that may not previously have considered marketing or the creative industries as an option.  

Marketing’s diversity problem

Alison Forbes, marketing manager at the National Theatre, says Creative Access plays an important role in providing it with “bright, switched-on young people” – particularly as the company lacks its own graduate training scheme.

A first step into the publishing world

Established in 2012, Creative Access is a relatively new organisation aimed at providing young people from BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) backgrounds with the opportunity to work in the creative industries.

BBC Creative Access: first hand accounts from trainees

In June 2014 the Director General announced that the BBC would take on 20 graduate trainee interns from the successful Creative Access programme as part of ambitious plans to address the on and off-screen representation of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities.  

A case for Creative Access

The creative industries have a long way to go to create a truly diverse workforce representative of modern society. I interviewed Creative Access, a company that offers paid internships to those from a BAME background and are determined to break this pattern.

Creative Access to continue with ‘alternative funding’

Creative Access will “continue to operate as usual” after its current method of funding runs out next June, its c.e.o has said.

Creative Access teams with AMV BBDO for Creative Industry Showcase

AMV BBDO hosted a Creative Industies Showcase for over 100 BAME graduates on 29th September 2015.

H.club 100 awards name Creative Access CEO as an influential figure in publishing and writing

We are extremely proud to announce that Creative Access CEO, Josie Dobrin has been named as one of the most influential people in the publishing and writing sector.

Creative Access future at risk without funding

Creative Access will run out of funding next year unless a new source is found, the charity’s founder Josie Dobrin has warned.

Public vote opens for h.Club 100

Inclusion of Creative Access CEO Josie Dobrin in the h.Club 100

Sathnam Sanghera in The Times on Racism in Britain today

Sathnam Sanghera, Times Feature Writer and Chair of Creative Access has written a powerful and insightful piece about racism in Britain today. This includes a mention of Creative Access and our work. Click on each image to enlarge.

Creative Access helps Factory Academy boost diversity in creative careers

“Factory Media will take on ten new interns on paid annual contracts, and for its inaugural initiative it will be partnering with Creative Access to ensure that appropriate structures, funding and support are in place for the new interns, as well as to assist in the intern recruitment process.”

London Studios Offered Animation Training Placement Funding

“Film London and Creative Access are co-funding 12 entry-level placements for London-based creative companies looking for new animation talent, the local industry agency announced.”

Creative Access Mentioned in Channel 4’s 360 Diversity Charter

Creative Access have been mentioned in Channel 4’s 360 Diversity Charter which aims to improve diversity at every level within the company. We are listed as one of the providers approved to supply interns for factual productions. (P34) You can read the full Charter here.  

New fund encourages diversity in London’s animation industry

“Film and media agency Film London and nonprofit Creative Access have joined forces to co-fund 12 entry-level positions for London-based animation companies seeking new talent.”

Creative Access join forces with Film London to co-fund 12 animation training schemes

We are delighted to be teaming up with Film London to co-fund 12 animation traineeships for talented Black, Asian and ethnic minority artists. Click here to find out more about the scheme.    

Creative Access proposes paid BAME intern scheme

Creative Access are extremely happy to be proposing a new diversity mentoring scheme for the UK film industry which should see 32 BAME interns (graduate and non-graduate) be placed into full-time, paid training roles over the next two years. The proposal aims to get the likes of Film4 and BBC Films to sign up to […]

Creative Access mentioned in Harriet Harman’s Nations & Regions Conference Speech

Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport, Harriet Harman has praised Creative Access’ efforts in her recent speech to the Nations and Regions Media Conference which was hosted by the University of Salford. In her speech Harriet Harman MP, covered a range of topics related to the creative industry including the importance […]

Publishers ‘must do better’ on diversity

The Bookseller recently caught up with Creative Access’ Chief Executive Josie Dobrin, to get her thoughts on the lack of diversity in the publishing sector. Titled ‘Publishers ‘must do better’ on diversity’, the piece also features contributions from some of Creative Access’ media partners where they discussed the benefits of having a diverse workforce. You […]

Fresh ideas and new perspectives

Creative Access’ Nigel Warner has written a superb piece about diversity in the creative sector following the IPA’s (Institute of Practitioners in Advertising) recent Talent Adaptation event. You can read the full article on the IPA Blog here.

‘Why is there still so little diversity in the British media?’ – Creative Access mentioned in The Guardian

Creative Access has been mentioned in an article on The Guardian titled ‘Why is there still so little diversity in the British Media?’.  The article, which discusses the lack of BAME journalists, calls for an end to the lack of representation in British media and praises Creative Access for aiming to bring diversity to the […]

‘The British media has a terrible problem with surface diversity’ – Creative Access mentioned in New Statesman feature

Creative Access was mentioned in this insightful article from New Statesman which discusses the lack of diversity in the British media. Titled ‘The British media has a terrible problem with “surface diversity”‘, the article questions the absence of BAME representation within some of Britain’s most popular publications, in spite of their initial “surface” efforts to […]

Meet Asmaa!

Asmma, one of brilliant Creative Access Interns has written a great blog on her experience of starting a new publishing role at Hot Key Books and the challenges of moving city in order to pursue her career dreams.  

3,000 ‘creative’ internships in £37m training scheme

Creative Access are delighted with yesterday’s Government funding announcement, which will allow Creative Access to recruit nearly 300 more interns with 150 media partners over the next two years. The great news was covered in publications, including, Broadcast,  the Evening Standard , Campaign and The British Black List. Click here to view the article.

BFI introduces diversity quota

Creative Access are delighted to announce that we are an intrinsic part of the  BFI’s new diversity scheme. From September BFI-backed productions must comply with new ‘three ticks’ rule that adhere to new diversity quotas, working with Creative Access  gives companies one of the 3 ticks needed .

Getting Your Foot in the Door

Creative Access intern Malissa Mistry, has written a brilliant blog for the Publishers Association on how her Creative Access internship at Random House has helped her get her foot through the door and into a career in publishing.

BBC announces raft of new measures on diversity

The BBC will be taking on 20 BAME graduate trainee interns from the Creative Access programme, while continuing its partnerships with the Stephen Lawrence Trust, the Mama Youth Project and its own apprenticeship schemes.

BBC pushes for diversity on air

Creative Access Interns were invited to Elstree Studios where Tony Hall, BBC Director-General, announced that the BBC will be taking on 20 Creative Access interns as part of a package to help address the on and off-screen representation of the BAME community at the BBC. Click here for full article.

A Portrait of Modern Britain

Creative Access has been used in a new case study by Policy Exchange.

ScreenDaily Review of Creative Industries Showcase

The magazine Screen Daily has written an article reviewing our Creative Industries Showcase, hosted at Channel 4. The article also comments on the importance of diversity in the creative industries and includes quotes from Creative Access’ Nigel Warner.

Picture of the Week

An image and profile of our Sony Music Masterclass has made it into the magazine, Music Week, as their Picture of the Week.

UK’s creative industries ‘must back regional and ethnic diversity’

Creative Access co-founder Nigel Warner states UK’s creative industries ‘must back regional and ethnic diversity’.  IPPR report calls for advertising, film and TV to support businesses outside London and to help develop non-white talent.

A Strategy For Change – Case study on Creative Access

Creative Access was born out of the flames that engulfed parts of London and other major UK cities in Summer 2011. The woeful lack of understanding in the media, brought together a small group of people together with a single mission: to try to do something urgently.

The Creative Nation

The CBI mentions Creative Access in their Growth Strategy document for the UK’s Creative Industries.

Britain’s ethnic minorities need better access to the TV and film industry

Creative Access attends Diversity summit, where Lenny Henry calls for a “structural change” in TV.

UK film industry: All white at the top

In 2012, Michael Foster, former co-chairman of agency ICM (now Independent Talent) and agent for stars including Sacha Baron Cohen and Chris Evans, set up Creative Access, a paid-internship programme for BAME people looking to break into the media industries.

The Creative Nation: A Growth Strategy for the UK’s Creative industries

A new article features in The CBI reports “The creative industries also need to be more accessible – particularly to young people from different backgrounds – if they’re going to attract the talent they need. To achieve this, the industry is taking action into its own hands”

Asian Stars in Parliament and Media Celebrate Creative Access’ Success

Famous names in the world of politics and the media gathered at a reception in the House of Lords this week to celebrate the achievements of the diversity charity, Creative Access.

Becoming an intern has opened a new chapter in my life

Monique Meledje, Creative Access intern at Hot Key Books, talks about how becoming an intern has opened a new chapter in her life. Please click here to read the article.  

Publishing salaries ‘a big issue’

John Athanasiou, director of people at HarperCollins, said HarperCollins had become involved in Creative Access to improve diversity in its recruitment, and had begun running apprenticeship schemes.

I’ve Traded up… To ITV

Ziyaad Desai from ITV studios talks about how he swapped stocks and shares for the dazzling lights of  production. Please click here for the article.

UK record labels launch intern scheme in conjunction with Creative Access

A new internship scheme, in conjunction with Creative Access and BPI, is set to offer six aspiring music executives from ethnic minority backgrounds paid 12-month placements in the music industry.

It’s time to boost ethnic minority representation in the media

As a born and bred Londoner, I only have to walk outside my door to see a wide range of people with a variety of skin colours. Yet, when I flick through the newspapers, all I see is whiteness.

Sky News Interview Creative Access Intern Matthew Kay

Sky News recently interviewed Creative Access intern Matthew Kay, who was placed as an intern with the broadcaster through the Creative Access scheme. In the interview, Matthew talks about Creative Access, his time at Sky News and much more.  

Deputy PM meets Creative Access intern in Random House visit

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg visited the Random House offices on Vauxhall Bridge Road as part of his “Opening Doors” campaign to make access to jobs fair and open to all talented young candidates.

Celebrity agent seeks government cash to support ethnic minorities

Michael Foster’s Creative Access aims to find roles for 750 people in television, films, publishing and PR. 

Top indies join forces on training initiative to boost diversity

Leading indies including Shine Group, All3Media and Endemol have clubbed together for the first time on an initiative to promote diversity in the indie sector.