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Why be an Employer Partner

We make it easy for your company to hire smart, dedicated and young talent from BAME backgrounds

Creative Access works with almost 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.

Becoming a Creative Access employer partner

1. Intern recruitment

We recruit exceptional BAME candidates to join your organisation for 3 to 12 month traineeships. We market every traineeship opportunity to our database of thousands of BAME candidates. In addition, we generate new candidates for each role through our social media communities and our partners, 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 database of over 30,000 candidates and our extensive social media communities by advertising your own vacancies on our Opportunities Board.

Please note:

  • If you are recruiting for a permanent role, you will need to advertise on at least one other site (including your own)  in order to comply with the Equality Act 2010.
  • We will only advertise paid opportunities.

3. Alumni recruitment

Creative Access has a strong network over over 770 BAME candidates that we have placed in traineeships since 2012. We can advertise within this network and put forward experienced candidates who are reference-checked for roles at your organisation.

4. Employer Training

Creative Access has a highly experienced team, with a track record of delivering exceptional employer training.

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.

Financial contribution

You will need to commit to paying your trainee a 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.


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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