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Creative Access places its’ 600th intern

Set up in 2012, with a mission to change the face of the media, Creative Access has already made a huge impact on the creative industries.

Funded jointly by HM Government and the media sector, Creative Access has placed 600 young BAME candidates in six month or year-long internships with over 230 different companies. To date, 80% of interns have secured employment in the creative sector at the end of their placements.

Josie Dobrin, Chief Executive, Creative Access, said: “We were delighted that the DCMS has announced a 40% rise in BAME employment since 2011. The economic rationale for Creative Access is clear: our sector needs to diversify in order to continue to grow and succeed in serving new markets and new audiences.

Thanks to the support of HM Government and our industry partners, we have developed 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.”

Tony Hall, BBC Director-General said: “It has been a real pleasure to watch the BBC’s 30 Creative Access interns reach their potential and move from training into work with us or in the wider Creative Industries. Many congratulations to all at Creative Access on your 600th intern placement and we look forward to working with you to provide more young people with their first taste of broadcasting.”

Our 600th intern, Njoki Mahiaini, has just begun a year internship at the BBC in Salford at the Current Affairs Team. Njoki, whose parents are from Kenya, previously worked in a political environment, but with Creative Access’ support was able to secure her dream role in the creative sector. She says:

“Creative Access couldn’t have been more supportive, giving me access to a wealth of resources and a phenomenal network. I’m so thrilled to have this opportunity – at last – to prove myself and begin my career in television.”