What is an Affirmative Action Scheme?
An Affirmative Action scheme is a strategic initiative under the Equality Act 2010 which allows organisations to recruit from certain groups of the population as long as they can prove that:
a) the opportunity is a training role and not a job and;
b) that it is targeting a group of the population proven to be under-represented in the sector
How do you define the term "ethnic minority" and BAME?
Creative Access follows the UK Government guidelines about what constitutes an ethnic minority. See this link for detail on the guidelines.
How do you define the term 'lower socio-economic'?
The categories we use to define socioeconomic status are based on the Office for National Statistics guide, plus guidance from Arts Council England. We ask candidates to register for Creative Access and self-declare a number of items including eligibility for Free School Meals, accommodation type and whether or not you were the first person in your family to attend university.
Will I receive a confirmation email? How do I track my application?
We do not send out confirmation emails to candidates when they submit applications through our website. When you submit your application, a message on the screen will appear which says ‘Submission Successful’. Please take this as confirmation that we have received your application.
Our system does not enable you to track applications. Please make note of the applications you submit and we will be sure to contact you in within four weeks after the closing date with an outcome.
How long will it take for me to get a response after my application is processed?
You will receive a response approximately four weeks after the application deadline date, whether you have been successful or not.
Can you review my application for me prior to applying?
If I have received tips on my CV prior to applying for roles, can I receive further support?
If you have received any of the following:
- A ‘Top Tips for Application Success’ sheet
- CV consultation
- Support at an event
You will only be able to complete one of the above once. We are unfortunately unable to provide further support prior to your application, given that we are a small enterprise.
If you have had a CV consultation previously, you will only be able to complete this once. Due to capacity at this time we are no longer conducting CV consultations.
Do I need to attach a cover letter? If so, to whom do I address it?
Yes. All roles require a cover letter, which must be tailored to the role and company you are applying for. Please ensure this is submitted with your CV as one document. Please address your cover letter to Ms Anoushka Dossa, who is our Director of Talent at Creative Access.
Who looks at my CV once I apply?
As you are applying for a traineeship opportunity through our organisation, Creative Access will first review your application. You will only be invited to interview if selected by ourselves and the company. This is why we request you do not contact the company directly as we handle recruitment for these roles.
Do I need to have/be working towards a degree to apply for an internship?
No. Some companies we recruit for do ask for applicants to have degrees, but this is not always the case. Academic requirements for each role are stated in each internship description.
Can I complete an internship part time?
Most of our internships require a full-time commitment to the role. However, we do have some roles that specify they are part-time. This will always be indicated in the job description of the role.
Are all internships paid? If so, how much?
Yes. All our trainees are paid at the equivalent of National Living Wage or above. If you are on a training contract, you will receive a training allowance (bursary) that will be paid to you by your company on a monthly basis, which covers all your costs while you are being trained.
The training allowance will be at least £15,000 per annum pro rata, although some companies may pay a higher training allowance. The training allowance is not a salary, which means no tax or NI deductions will be made to your pay.
If I am willing to relocate for an internship, will you or the company provide accommodation?
No. We do not organise accommodation for interns. If you are willing to relocate, we suggest you look for accommodation as soon as you have applied for the role.
Will these internships lead to a full time job?
There is no guarantee that the company you will be training for will offer you full time employment after your internship. However, over 90 % of our interns do secure roles at the end of their internships. The Creative Access team will support you to help look for employment as your internship draws to a close.
If I am unsuccessful for an internship, can I apply again?
Yes. There is no limit to the number of internships you can apply for, although we recommend that you tailor your application for every opportunity you apply for.
Do I need a permanent right to work in the UK to apply to the opportunities listed on the Creative Access site?
Yes, all candidates must have an existing right to work permanently in the UK. Unfortunately, the companies we work with are not able to offer sponsorship.
"My thanks to you, Creative Access, for matching us with such an incredible employee. I know you must be a small team, but please know how massive your impact is: for the interns, for the employees, for the UK and for the world."