A creative industry open to everyone

STEP (Shared Training and Employment Programme) is open to young east Londoners and brings together partnerships across the cultural and creative sectors; its mission is to increase representation in the creative industries.

Participants complete two 6-month roles (paid at London Living Wage), professional development workshops and a team project. Building a strong peer network, and working with a specialist industry mentor, interns are equipped with the skills, experience and connections to succeed.

Exploring new methods of recruitment and training, STEP offers an alternative for employers and young Londoners. Together we’re developing a model for the future of entry-level roles.


  1. Increase diversity in the creative and cultural sector by providing paid employment opportunities for those currently under-represented in the sector
  2. Increases participants knowledge and experience to better prepare them for the varied career path many creative professionals experience
  3. Creating a network of employers who are invested in developing the creative workforce of the future
  4. Support participants to continue working in the sector through paid employment or relevant training

STEP partnership

Our founding partners include Bow Arts and Sadler’s Wells, along with BBC, V&A, UCL, NTS Radio, Worldwide FM, Film Office, 3 Mills Studios, Rosetta Arts, and UAL’s London College of Fashion.

Click below to find out more about the participants involved in the 2018-2019 STEP programme:

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And, you can read the latest blog updates from the STEP teams over here on the STEP microsite.

The programme is funded by the London Legacy Development Corporation and is managed by A New Direction.