A creative industry open to everyone

STEP is back for a fourth year. We’re looking for a new group of young East Londoners ready to bring ideas, creative energy and perspectives to the creative and cultural sector.

Through STEP, you’ll get paid London Living Wage over a 12-month training programme to develop a diverse range of skills and creative approaches and build on your network across different organisations or departments. Grow as part of a peer network, take part in monthly professional development workshops, and get a budget to produce a collaborative project. We’ll also connect you with a specialist industry mentor, provide careers coaching and continue to offer support as part of our community after the programme.

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It’s an exciting year to be part of STEP, with organisations including BBC, East London Dance, Sadler’s Wells, V&A, UCL and the London College of Fashion moving to Stratford. Become part of East Bank through STEP, building on the rich history of creativity in East London.

Have a go at our interactive quiz to find your dream role

Finding your DREAM JOB




Full time


London Living Wage



  • Young people aged 18 to 30
  • Resident of Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham or Waltham Forest, and lived in the boroughs whilst at school or college

We welcome applications from people who are currently underrepresented in the creative and cultural sectors which includes people who; are from working class or lower socio-economic backgrounds; D/deaf; disabled; neurodiverse; Black, Asian or from a minority ethnicity

You also do not need any formal qualifications, we’re looking for transferrable skills and an enthusiasm in and curiosity for, creativity and culture.

East London creative and cultural organisations offering placements as part of STEP this year include;

You’ll also work with Create Jobs, we deliver regular training in partnership with a range of industry-experts, careers and employability workshops, mentoring, coaching and professional development opportunities.

Previous speakers, partners and facilitators include London College of Fashion, East London Dance, Foundation for Future London, NTS, Artichoke, Rosetta Arts, Pooja Sitpura (Young People’s Programmer, National Theatre) Juliette Larthe (Founder, Prettybird), Thristian (Creative Director, Worldwide FM) Leyla Tahir (Marketing Manager, Tate), Navjot Mangat (Interpretation Manger, V&A East), Catherine Ince (Chief Curator, V&A East) Kat (Producer, BBC Podcasts), Dramatic Resources, Richard Cross (Programming Manager, Sadler’s Wells), Olivia Twist (Illustrator and UAL Lecturer), Haja Fanta (Creative Producer)

We’ll be offering places on the programme through placements in different strands of learning like community engagement, content production and public art.

You can explore the different 12-month placements here. Each placements starts on 26 April 2021.

As well as the placements you'll take part in:

  • A collaborative group project
  • Monthly masterclasses
  • A mentorship programme where you'll be paired with an industry professional
  • Ongoing career support

You have the option to record and upload your answers as a video or audio file, and please have a recent CV ready to upload

If you require the information in another format or would like to speak to us directly about the application, please get in contact by emailing We will work with you to find the best format for accessing the information and completing the application.

Information and Application Support Workshop

Attend an online Information and Application Support Workshop, meet some of our partners, learn about the placements and programme, get advice on your application and ask any questions.


The Collaborative Project

As part of STEP, work collaboratively with fellow trainees to respond to a creative brief set by the East Bank.

You’ll get the space
, support and £5,000 of funding to develop a project that celebrates the creative and cultural talent in east London, builds with and invests in local communities.


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Supported by

This programme is part of the Good Growth Hub funded and developed by the London Legacy Development Corporation, supported by founding partners BBC, Bow Arts, East London Dance, PRETTYBIRD, Sadler’s Wells, University College London, V&A, Worldwide FM and delivered by Create Jobs.