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Creative Access places 1,000th trainee!!!

Creative Access has today placed its 1000th trainee in the creative industries…

Set up in 2012, with a mission to change the face of the creative industries, the organisation has already made a huge impact; placing 1,000 candidates in paid 3 to 12 month internships with over 400 different companies and supporting more than 20,000 young people with employability skills.

Josie Dobrin, Chief Executive, Creative Access, said: “We are so thrilled that Creative Access is continuing to go from strength to strength and that we are developing so many creative leaders of the future. Thanks to overwhelming industry support we have produced a compelling and effective model which will continue to bring under represented talent to the creative sector in order to help better reflect our society. We are so very very grateful to all those who have supported us in our journey so far – way too many to mention – and look forward to continuing to evolve and support both the young people and the organisations with whom we work.”

Intern number 1000 is Patricia Chidavarume who this week starts her role as Marketing and Administration Assistant at the Royal Society of Literature. Patricia was born in Zimbabwe and moved to the UK aged five. She attended state schools in Luton and Bedford before heading to the University of Brighton to study English. She’s been passionate about working in publishing but spent months trying to find a role, with no success, until she came across Creative Access.

Patricia said:  “The team at Creative Access have been hugely supportive and hands on. I’ve finally landed my dream role. I really don’t know long it would have taken me to get my foot in the door without Creative Access and I’m so grateful to have found them.”

Julian Bellamy, Managing Director of ITV Studios, who house Creative Access, said: “Working in the creative industries is hugely rewarding and it is incumbent upon us all to tackle the lack of diversity. Each one of the 1,000 trainees have had access to training opportunities in 300 creative organisations, including here at ITV. We congratulate Creative Access on reaching this milestone and are proud to support the work they are doing to find and encourage a new generation.”

We have been thrilled to receive other messages of support from some of our longest standing employer partners and our former trainees:

Anthony Forbes Watson, Managing Director, Pan Macmillan: “Creative Access has transformed our approach to achieving greater diversity across Pan Macmillan and has given us the support we needed to respond urgently to this crucial challenge, as we have taken on ever more of their talented trainees each year.  We salute CA’s 1000 trainee milestone and thank CA for their lasting and vital contribution to enriching and strengthening the fabric of our business.”

Rufus Norris, Director, the National Theatre said: “Creative Access reaching 1000 trainees should rightly be celebrated, as should all the individual achievements and contributions wrapped up in that number.  We can speak first-hand of the difference made by the talent, creativity and drive that the Creative Access participants have brought. As importantly, Creative Access has helped change the NT. We have been inspired by the boldness and ambition of the original idea which has in turn prompted us to our own actions, we’ve learned from the care that they give to professional development for people early in their careers.

Most recently they have delivered training in Managing Inclusive Cultures to more than 300 of our managers, jam-packed with enough wisdom and insight to help us collectively take the next steps on our journey.”

Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC: “Congratulations to everyone who’s been part of this amazing adventure.  We’ve been lucky to have had over 100 trainees come to us.  I’ve met many of them and come away inspired every time.  Creative Access changes lives, and we’re proud to partner with an organisation that’s unleashing such fantastic talent up and down the country”.

Anthony Lee, former intern at the Royal Shakespeare Company said:

“Creative Access gave us an opportunity that nobody else would, through their hard work and dedication to re-balancing the makeup of the creative industries they have created a network of future leaders across the creative industries.

The sense of belonging, the encouragement of one another and the vital masterclasses and exclusive networking opportunities have been incredible to forging our careers and understanding of our areas of work. I am now working at Young Vic Theatre as Digital Manager and it’s testament to the work of Creative Access that along with myself, there are many others going from strength to strength in their roles and in careers that were once only dreams.We have defied the odds and shown the people that discouraged us from these industries because they are ‘too competitive’ or ‘not for the likes of us’. We are so grateful that Creative Access has not only changed our lives as individuals but through helping us on the first steps of our journeys, they will change the course for other people of colour and the impact will be felt for generations to come.”

Luke James, former trainee at Hungry Bear Media: “From the start of my journey with Creative Access I received so much help and support, not just regarding the work I do, but also about the wider issue of diversity that I’ve never experienced before. The organisation has given me knowledge I didn’t know I was missing. Creative Access have not only propelled me to the moon, but they’ve enabled me to reach beyond that.”

Tanjiah Islam, former trainee at Scribe UK: “I wouldn’t be where I am without Creative Access. They’ve supported me from the very beginning, from practice phone interviews to setting up mentoring networks to organising fantastic masterclasses. Everyone there cares about you, and it shows.”

Charanprite Dhami, former trainee at Dales Productions: “I started out as a trainee in Dales Productions and no exaggeration to say that changed my live. I hope my journey inspires others to dream big and know that despite difficulties ethnic minorities suffer, we can achieve our dreams and make the impossible possible.”