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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 and other 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.

Becoming a Creative Access employer partner

1. Intern or Trainee recruitment

We recruit exceptional BAME candidates, as well as those with low socioeconomic status, to join your organisation for 3 to 12 month traineeships, or to secure full time roles. We market every traineeship opportunity to our database of thousands of 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 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. Alumni recruitment

Creative Access has a strong alumni network of almost 1000 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. Diversity Consultancy and Employer Training

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. We have a track record of delivering exceptional employer training from individual group sessions to whole company training.

5. Alumni Development Programme

According to a recent OFCOM report, employees from an ethnic minority background are less likely to be trained or promoted.Moreover a 2017 Government report showed that the UK economy could benefit from a £24bn-a-year boost if those from BAME backgrounds progressed in work at the same rate as their white counterparts. To that end, once our interns complete their traineeships, they graduate on to our Development Programme. This has two strands; Leadership Training for Emerging Leaders and a Mentoring Programme, where individuals are matched with a mentor from their chosen career profession. The aim is to support our alumni as they progress their careers.

There are no criteria for the mentors, just as long as you have lots of advice and are willing to commit to opening your networks and spending an hour every month with your mentee. We will provide you with guidance and you’ll be supported throughout the process if any questions arise from the mentorship.  If you are interested in becoming a mentor please follow this link to fill out a partnership form and we will do our best to match you as soon as possible.

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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