Creative Access was founded in 2012 to provide opportunities for paid internships in the creative industries for young people of graduate (or equivalent standard) from under-represented black, Asian and other non-white minority ethnic backgrounds (BAME). We aim to improve their chances of securing full-time jobs and, in the longer term, increase diversity and address the imbalance in the sector.
In the longer term, the changes we are trying to bring about will create their own sustainability. Our target is for 80% of our interns to secure jobs in the sector and in turn to bring others from under-represented communities in alongside them.
Creative Access is a strategic initiative which complies with its obligations under the Equality Act 2010. Creative Access is legally able to offer internships only to UK nationals with a “visible ethnic minority” because it can show that it is offering training opportunities (and not jobs) and that it is targeting a group of the population which is proven to be under-represented in the sector.
Creative Access is supported by the UK Commission for Employment & Skills, Creative Skillset and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.