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Contract Type:Other
Salary or training bursary: Bursaries of £250 to £1,000 available
Company:Creative Access
Positive Action Scheme
Apply by:08/12/2021 - 17:00

Creative Access x McLaren Racing Career Development Bursary

Are financial barriers preventing you from progressing your career in the creative industries? Or do you need support to make a purchase which will contribute to your career development? If the answer to either question is ‘yes’ then apply for our brand new Career Development Bursary supported by McLaren Racing, which aims to remove some of the cost barriers to entering or progressing your career in the creative economy.

Creative Access is excited to be teaming up with McLaren Racing as part of a unique industry-first alliance working towards diversifying talent in motorsport, particularly in creative roles. As part of the partnership, we are launching the Creative Access x McLaren Racing Career Development Bursary, a new fund aimed at talent from under-represented communities who have aspirations to work in or develop their career in the creative economy. 

The bursary will support people with financial grants as a means to overcome some of the cost barriers to entering or progressing within the industry. 

How does the programme work? 

We have a small number of bursaries available, ranging from £250 to £1000. You can apply for a bursary of either £250, £500, £750 or £1000 to help you get to the next stage of your career. 

What we’ll fund

Training courses (including driving lessons), equipment or software, relocation costs (e.g. deposit or rent support), contribution to living costs whilst working or training (e.g. travel and accommodation) disability access support, care costs, bespoke coaching or mentoring.

Please note that we cannot fund the following: academic courses, debts, costs that should be paid for by an employer, expenses for activities that have already occurred.

What do you need to apply?

  • An aspiration to work in or to develop your career in the creative economy (this encompasses any role in the creative industries, or creative roles in other sectors e.g. design, marketing, branding)
  • A clear idea of what you would spend the bursary on, and how it would contribute to your career development

Plus you’ll need to:

  • Be over the age of 18 and eligible to work in the UK (we’re happy to accept applications from those still in education or training)
  • Identify as being from an under-represented group in the creative industries. This includes, but is not limited to, Black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates, people with disabilities and individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Be able to demonstrate financial need (please do not apply if you are not in need of financial relief/support, or have savings of over £5000)
  • Be able to use the bursary funding by 31 August 2022

To apply: 

  1. Log into your Creative Access account or register today to apply for this opportunity
  2. Complete this online application form, which will ask you to provide the following information:
    • Which bursary amount you are applying for (either £250, £500, £750 or £1000)
    • A personal statement explaining what you will use the bursary for, how the funding will support you in your career development and why you need financial support.
    • Confirmation of your eligibility for the bursary
  3. Please note that once submitted, applications are final

N.B. we will only be reviewing applications made via the online application form referenced above. You do not need to submit a CV and cover letter via this page in order to apply. 

What happens after I’ve applied?

We’ll aim to notify you of the outcome of your application within six weeks of the application deadline.

If your application is successful you’ll receive a bursary offer from us. When you’ve met all the conditions outlined in your offer and provided any additional information requested, we will pay 80% of the agreed bursary amount into your bank account. 

The remainder of the funding will be reserved until you’ve completed the activity or purchase supported by the bursary funding and submitted relevant documentation to prove the spend (e.g. receipts of purchase, bank statements).


For any queries or for further information, please email Yasmin Hemmings on [email protected]