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

Creative Opportunity 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.

Partners include: Whitechapel Gallery, Studio Wayne McGregor, Spitalfields Music, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Paines Plough, Tate, The Yard Theatre, National College of Creative Industries, the Royal Opera House, and the V&A.


During the Creative Opportunity 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

  • Recieve 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

Who is the Creative Opportunity Programme for?

  • 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.

To find out more about last year's programme and participants, head to