Creative Access team with law firm Lee & Thompson to address lack of employer support for 50% of under-represented workers

Posted on October 11, 2023

D&I consultancy Creative Access launch  training programme for under-represented freelance talent supported by law firm Lee & Thompson

Data from leading D&I consultancy Creative Access highlights that freelancers want training and reasonable adjustments to thrive in their careers. 78% of freelancers surveyed said professional training was one of the most important areas employers & industry bodies can support them.

  • 1 in 5 (22%) became a freelancer due to negative experiences in a perm role  
  • Disabled individuals 30% more likely freelancing after negative perm role experience 
  • 54% say they’re offered a day rate or salary below their level 

What is the Thrive Support Programme?

Lee & Thompson, the UK’s leading law firm for the creative industries has partnered with Creative Access to fund 10 places per year over a 3 year period, on a training programme specifically focused on addressing the barriers to progression often faced by mid to senior-level individuals working in the creative industries from under-represented groups.  In this first year, the programme will be specifically focused on freelancers, due to the current climate and the  particular issues facing this group.

Successful participants will gain access to a mentor, as well as networking opportunities and training including topics such as:

  • Developing leadership skills 
  • The power of self-belief 
  • Managing yourself and others 
  • How to build a successful & long-lasting freelance career 
  • Financial literacy

This year’s scheme is aimed at those who are at mid to senior career level from under-represented groups who are currently freelancing, who are keen grow their network and skillset. Future funding in to 2024 will go towards the development of a career development programme for senior professionals working in the creative industries from historically under-represented backgrounds.

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