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Why be an Employer Partner

We make it easy for your company to hire smart, dedicated and young talent from difficult to reach communities

Creative Access works with over 300 creative organisations across the UK, from large corporations to small independent agencies. When you sign up to Creative Access, you join a group of Britain’s leading creative businesses that are all supporting a more diverse creative economy. Our employer partner case studies show how working with Creative Access can enhance your organisation.

We ask our employer partners to commit to bringing in and uplifting talent from under-represented communities in three ways:

  1. Hiring diverse candidates when you are recruiting
  2. Investing in your staff from under-represented groups to progress to senior positions
  3. Helping create an inclusive workplace so new and existing diverse staff feel valued and able to flourish

Becoming a Creative Access employer partner

1. Candidate recruitment

We recruit exceptional candidates from communities that are under-represented in the creative industries to join your organisation for 3 to 12 month traineeships, or to secure full time roles. We market every opportunity to our existing candidate database and our excellent alumni community (if appropriate). We also generate new candidates for each role through our social media communities and our partners organisations which include the UK’s leading colleges, universities and youth and arts organisations. We review all applicants and support them with CV preparation. We conduct first round interviews and provide each partner with a shortlist of the top candidates for the role. We also coordinate a training programme for all our trainees, which includes induction training, monthly masterclasses, a schedule of workplace-based training, a senior-level mentor and a former Creative Access intern to act as a buddy.

2. List your own vacancies on the Creative Access Jobs Board

You can access the Creative Access candidate database and our extensive social media communities by advertising your own vacancies on our Opportunities Board.

Please note we will only advertise paid opportunities.

3. Diversity Consultancy

Creative Access has a highly experienced team that can help you work out what you are hoping to achieve, why it is important and the best way to deliver your diversity strategy.

4. Employer Training

We have a track record of delivering exceptional employer training from individual group sessions to whole company training, which can take place in person or remotely. We offer diversity and inclusion training for people on all rungs of the professional ladder, from entry support and emerging leaders to senior management and boards.

What are you expected to provide?


You will need to develop a training schedule for each trainee you take on (we can offer guidance and provide a template schedule).

You’ll also need to allow your trainee time to attend their induction day and monthly evening masterclasses. Anyone placed in a job, rather than traineeship, is also invited to attend our training opportunities.

Financial contribution

We ask that all organisations we work with pay at least the level of National Living Wage to candidates recruited via Creative Access. Trainees can be paid a bursary or training allowance which equates to the National Living Wage.

You will also need to make a financial contribution to Creative Access either via our annual subscription packages, or one-off payments. More information available on enquiry.


Trainees should be issued with a contract that outlines the conditions of the traineeship. Ideally you will use a training contract. We can provide template training contracts for employer partners. Candidates recruited for jobs will be contracted directly by the employer partner on a full time or fixed term contract.


All employer partners are expected to provide trainees with a line manager, who they directly report to about their duties, and a senior-level mentor who can offer additional support and guidance, particularly around securing full time employment.

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