London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has launched a new shared-internship programme delivered by cultural education organisation A New Direction, and London College of Fashion is going to host one of seven talented young people from east London boroughs. STEP (Shared Training & Employment Programme) is a programme designed and developed in partnership with founding members Bow Arts, Sadler’s Wells and London College of Fashion to:

  • Increase diversity across the creative and cultural sector by creating access routes for those under-represented in the sector: Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME), people with disabilities and those from low socio-economic backgrounds
  • Promote fair and formal access routes into the sector by working with creative organisations to introduce new recruitment processes
  • Create a shared model that looks to develop a wide range of skills across core disciplines within the arts to better prepare young people for careers in the sector
  • Promote, encourage and work towards the London Living Wage across the arts.

The programme also aims to encourage and promote good work practices in line with the Mayor of London’s draft Good Work Standard for London businesses.

The seven interns aged 18-30 have been selected from the four neighbouring boroughs of Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest, and have begun positions across London College of Fashion, NTS live, Bow Arts, Rosetta Arts and Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Over a 12 month period, participants will experience placements within at least two different host organisations, giving interns the perfect chance to experience more than one area of cultural / creative employment. Creative Access are providing aspects of the training in order to encourage and support participants’ personal and professional development.

‘Programmes such as this are vital in ensuring access to the creative industries for all. I strongly believe that talent and creativity know no social or cultural boundaries, so by partnering on this programme, we aim to nurture talented east Londoners looking for their first step into employment within the creative industries.’ Professor Frances Corner, Head of London College of Fashion and Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of the Arts London

Businesses will create opportunities in marketing, digital content production, operations, fundraising, learning and participation, production and programming, and placements will include a programme of masterclasses, skills workshops and industry mentors. Participants will be paid the London Living Wage for the duration of the placements.

At the end of the programme, young professionals will have the skills to move on into a range of careers including arts administration, marketing, production, programming and curation, community outreach, operations management and creating digital content across London’s creative industry.

‘I’ve needed something like this programme for the longest time. I’ve needed a role where I can show off my skill set as well as learn new skills that I can take with me for the rest of my working life.’ Jordan Reilly, aged 23 from Tower Hamlets, placed with LCF

‘For many young people, a career in the creative industries can seem out of reach – something only available to those who can afford to go to university and work unpaid internships. STEP offers an amazing opportunity to not only give a group of talented young individuals the experience and training they need to start their careers, but also the chance to show how much London’s young creatives have to offer – regardless of their background.’ Steve Moffitt, Chief Executive of A New Direction