A creative industry open to everyone

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

Trainees 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, participants are equipped with the skills, experience and connections to succeed.




Full time


London Living Wage

You’ll get two paid places at London Living Wage at two different organisations or two different departments within the same organisation plus receive mentoring, training and networking to help you kickstart your career.

You’ll learn new skills across multiple departments so you can try new things and find what works for you.


  • Current residents of Newham, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets and Hackney
  • Aged 18-30 years old
  • Keen to develop a career in the creative and cultural industries
  • Open to learning and developing new skills
  • Reliable, committed and passionate about arts and culture

We encourage applications from those who are underrepresented in the industry including non-graduates, disabled, D/deaf and neurodiverse people, LGBTQ+ people, people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds. We also welcome applicants from a range of educational backgrounds and therefore do not require a minimum formal qualification for these roles.

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Meet the group

14 young east Londoners started their first placements in November 2019. Find out more about each of them and what they're looking forward to for the year ahead.


For employers

We're creating a collaboration of creative organisations committed to improving young east Londoners’ access to careers in the creative sector and nurturing local talent for increased representation and a more inclusive and sustainable future.

We do this by partnering with organisations who:

  • Provide London Living Wage entry-level roles to 18-30-year old people who live in the London boroughs of Waltham Forest, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham
  • Train trainees to develop new skills and technical abilities
  • Mentor trainees through their journey through the involvement of individual role models

STEP partners benefit from:

  • Access to a local pipeline of diverse young talent
  • Support and professional development opportunities in management, inclusivity and recruitment
  • Being part of a network of likeminded and active employers looking to create the workforce of the future
  • Enhance reputation within the employment sector

STEP trainees benefit from:

  • Demonstrable paid experience of working in the creative sector through guaranteed paid work and relevant career development experience across areas and employers
  • Increased professional networks and profile
  • Increased self-awareness and self-worth, resilience and ability to navigate uncertainty
  • Access to industry focused careers advice, CV and portfolio building and increased job opportunities

The wider impact of this is

  • Increased representation of the creative industries
  • More inclusive and accessible recruitment and employment practices
  • The creation of new creative content which will diversify audiences and participants
  • The development of career paths and the rise of employment in east London
  • A network model of diverse talent and progressive employers

We're currently looking for new employers to join STEP.

If you'd like your organisation to get involved in STEP and benefit from a diverse talent pipeline and supporting young east Londoners into paid employment, please contact Create Jobs.

Funded and developed by

This programme is funded and developed by the London Legacy Development Corporation, supported by founding partners Bow Arts, Sadler’s Wells and London College of Fashion, and delivered by Create Jobs and Creative Access.