Helping young east Londoners start their careers in the cultural and creative sectors

The Creative & Cultural Opportunities Programme supports 25 young east Londoners a year to kick start careers in the creative industries. Participants take part in two weeks 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.

Designed in collaboration with world-leading dance and performance venue, Sadler's Wells, the programme connects talented young Londoners with live opportunities, and provides the best advice in creating a strong professional profile to impress future employers.

Organisations involved in training in 2019 include:

  • Channel 4
  • Sadler’s Wells
  • The Whitechapel Gallery
  • The Almeida
  • Tate
  • University College London
  • Studio Wayne McGregor
  • White Light
  • The Trampery
  • Blackhorse Lane Ateliers
  • Blackhorse Workshop
  • Stratford Circus Arts Centre
  • William Morris Gallery

And in the past we've partnered with Spitalfields Music, Paines Plough, The Yard Theatre, National College of Creative Industries, the Royal Opera House, and the V&A.


During the Creative & Cultural Opportunities Programme, participants:

  • 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 (A New Direction)

  • Are provided with travel & food expenses throughout the programme

  • Progress onto an additional 6 days of industry training in digital content creation following the programme

The Creative & Cultural Opportunities Programme is 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
  • Residents of these East London boroughs: Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham and Waltham Forest.

  • 18-30 year olds

  • Those with an ambition to work in the creative & cultural industries.

  • Available full-time between the training dates

  • Unemployed or underemployed and not in full-time education (not currently working in the cultural sector)


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