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Monday, 12 November 2012

Arts Council England announces national provider for Creative employment programme

Arts Council England
Today, Arts Council England is announcing that the National Skills Academy (Skills Academy), the delivery arm of Creative & Cultural Skills, has been selected as the national provider for the Creative employment programme which aims to help young unemployed people find paid entry level work in the arts and cultural sector.

This programme will support up to 6500 new apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeships and paid internships in a variety of roles across the arts and cultural sector at a time when many young people are struggling to find paid employment. This reflects the Arts Council’s recognition that in order to create and keep a new generation of talent, young people need to have more accessible entry routes into the sector workforce.

The Skills Academy will be responsible for delivering the Arts Council funding of up to £15 million which will directly benefit unemployed young people. This work takes forward goal 4 - to create fairer entry routes into the arts and cultural sector and increase workforce diversity as set out in Achieving great art for everyone.

In order to ensure that this country continues to deliver excellent art in the years to come we need to nurture and encourage the new talent which will be creating, producing and distributing it. The Creative employment programme aims to do just that.

You can read more about the Skills Academy here.
Best wishes,

Alan Davey
Chief Executive
Arts Council England

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