A free ten day course with training from Sadler’s Wells, Channel 4, Tate and the Whitechapel Gallery, plus other leading organisations on how to make it in the creative and cultural industries

The role

Creative Cultural Opportunities Programme provides 25 east Londoners aged 18-30 with the skills, training and experience they need to kick start a career in the creative industries. You’ll take part in ten days of workshops, led by some of London’s leading creative and cultural organisations, develop a creative network and receive 1-2-1 support and guidance from industry leaders.

Organisations involved in training and offering opportunities in 2019 include:

  • Channel 4
  • Sadler’s Wells
  • The Whitechapel Gallery
  • The Almeida
  • Tate
  • University College London
  • Studio Wayne McGregor
  • White Light
  • The Trampery on the Gantry

On the programme you will:

  • Learn about the sector and the opportunities available in east London and beyond
  • Visit creative organisations in east London, making connections in the sector
  • Connect directly with hiring managers to chat through live roles and opportunities
  • Receive tailored career advice and guidance, support with applying for opportunities and portfolio clinics from Create Jobs
  • Be provided with travel & food expenses throughout the programme

Person specification

We're looking for young east Londoners who are:

  • Keen to develop a career in the creative and cultural industries
  • Open to learning about a range of career paths, and developing new skills
  • Reliable, committed and passionate about the creative and cultural sectors

To be eligible you must be:

  • Current resident of Newham, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets and Hackney
  • Aged 18-30 years old
  • From an underrepresented group in the sector*
  • Unemployed or underemployed** and not in full-time education

*We are seeking applications from people who are currently underrepresented in the creative and cultural sectors. This includes people from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background; D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse people; those from the LGBTQ+ community, and people from lower socio-economic backgrounds. We also welcome applicants from a range of educational backgrounds and don’t require any formal qualifications or experience in the cultural sector.

**We recognise 'underemployed' as employed in either part-time, zero hours or casual work.

How to apply

You will need to complete an application form, and upload a CV. There’s also an option to include a portfolio of previous work.



If selected, you’ll need to be available for:

  • Group Selection Day on 3rd July 2019, where you will take part in a collaborative group task and meet the team
  • Programme dates 11 to 24 July (10am to 5pm)

It is really important to us that we support access to our training programmes. If there is additional support we could offer you to enable you to participate in either the selection process, or the programme, please include this is in your application, or contact us before the deadline. We are unable to offer alternative group selection dates.

Need help with your application?

We run informal sessions where you can come to our offices in east London, learn a bit more about the programme and seek some help and support with your application. Register for the events via Eventbrite below:

Info session on Thu 20 June

If you would like to discuss any special access requirements you have for both the application process and the programme itself please contact the Create Jobs team at createjobs@anewdirection.org.ukor call 020 7608 2132.

This programme is supported by the London Legacy Development Corporation, and programmed by Create Jobs in collaboration with Sadler's Wells.