Do you spend every working minute dreaming of breaking into creative industries like TV and film, photography, performing arts or journalism but are unsure where to start? Creative access schemes offer everything from internships and graduate schemes to skill-enhancing workshops and advice from industry professionals who have made it big. But figuring out which one is right for you can seem like a never-ending task, so New Narrative has complied a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the daunting world of adult life.

Creative Access:

Creative Access is a non-for-profit social enterprise which is dedicated to improving diversity representation in the UK’s creative industries. According to Creative Skillset’s last Employment Census in 2012, BAME representation has dropped to 5.4%. Creative Access aims to challenge this by assisting young BAME people (back, Asian and minority ethnic) and those from low-income backgrounds secure paid internships and jobs with creative organisations across the UK e.g. radio, TV, theatre, journalism and music. They offer everything from 3-month internships to 12-month programmes and have sent their interns to over 300 companies, such as Apple and ITV.

Go Think Big:

Trying to secure an internship can be tough, but Go Think Big is here to save the day. They’re the one stop shop for all your work experience needs, providing you with an extensive list of work experience opportunities, industry contacts and career advice. Go Think Big is an online hub from O2 and offers useful tools such as the CV Evaluator, which helps you translate your skills into a resume and assists you adapting your CV for every job. You can also access a salary calculator and an interactive interview tool, which offers you tips from employment experts to help you prepare for those daunting face-to-face interviews.

Creative Toolkit:

Creative Toolkit offers advice on how secure work placements and tips on finding work. But it goes one step further by curating essential information to help you understand your rights in the workplace, health and safety and insurance. They provide a comprehensive guide on everything from contractual rights, other employee rights and how to go about enforcing said rights. They also offer information on working time and paid holidays and the National Minimum/ Living Wage. If you have any legal queries, Creative Toolkit is the right place.

Young Barbican:

Young Barbican is an unmissable opportunity for all those aged 14-25. The scheme offers discounted tickets for events, for example they offer 50,000 tickets annually for films, music gigs, art exhibitions and theatre performances for £5, £10 or £15. They also offer their members creative career workshops, for example they recently held a series of workshops and panel talks called The Enterprise Lab which focussed on enterprise and helping young creatives secure funding for their projects as well as development opportunities.

Screen Skills:

This one is for all those aspiring to break into film, TV, VFX (visual effects), animation and gaming. Screen Skills offers professional development in all the above sectors as well apprenticeships. They also offer bursaries of up to £1000 and provide opportunities for individuals to attend courses to advance their skills. Screen Skills is a partner-led charity that works with organisations such as the British Film Institute and also boasts an extensive mentoring network, which helps people to break in to screen industries, increase their network, develop communication skills.

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