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Creative Employment Programme: The Journey So Far

Opportunities for arts organisiations.

We've reached a significant milestone in the Creative Employment Programme (CEP) in Lancashire, our first young person employed by Burnley Youth Theatre has now completed their six month internship.

About the Creative Employment Programme

The programme aimed at supporting unemployed young people to gain experience and training in the arts and cultural sector has to date placed 20 young people in Lancashire's arts (and cultural) organisations - undertaking a yearlong apprenticeship or a six month internship. The programme encourages organisation to consider their future recruitment practises in taking on young people and being able to offer sustainable positions.

The funding bid for the programme was submitted by Creative Lancashire on behalf of the Lancashire's arts and cultural businesses. So far the response for employing and supporting the young people has been overwhelmingly positive. At the end of their employment 31 young people will have taken up the opportunity to work within the arts and cultural sector gaining skills and knowledge in the work place in a wide variety of roles.

Each opportunity will allow the young person to be engaged in a creative environment and develop their own creative style and form invaluable networks with creative people. The organisation will benefit from having a young person who will bring new ideas and a huge amount of enthusiasm for the arts.

Further information on the Creative Employment Programme can be found here.

Case Study - Lizzy Davis, Trainee Drama Facilitator at Burnley Youth Theatre

Here is snapshot of Lizzy's journey through CEP. Lizzy has just completed her role as Trainee Drama Facilitator at Burnley Youth Theatre. After graduating with an Honours in Theatre Studies she has gone on to lead drama workshops, produce and direct productions and stage manage events.

Lizzy is taking a group of young people to Plymouth to showcase a production at the Indra Congress. Her confidence has been boosted and she has now started to apply for jobs in London something she wouldn’t have considered six months ago. Lizzy has been offered a part time position at Burnley Youth Theatre as Duty Manager and Arts Administrator.

You can read Lizzy's full story here.

Lindsey West, Executive Director at Burnley Youth Theatre said "The Creative Employment Programme has helped us to support one very talented individual for her first step on the ladder for a career in the arts. We have thoroughly enjoyed having Lizzy as an intern within our organisation, she’s brought fresh new ideas into the organisation and has worked at 100% every day”.

You can read more success stories across the country from the Creative Employment Programme here.

It's not too late to be involved in the programme.

We have the opportunity for employers in Lancashire who operate under the Arts Council England footprint to offer an opportunity to an unemployed young person to undertake an apprenticeship. The funding secured will provide the employer with between £1500 and £2000 (depending on the age of the young person) towards the wages of employing the young person.

The apprenticeship framework will depend on the needs of your business and could range from Theatre Design, Marketing and Social Media to Business Administration and more. We would love to hear from organisations interested in being involved in this great opportunity, please contact Louise Kite for further information on 01772 534134 or

You can also visit our Creative Employment Programme jobs page for a list of apprentice opportunities.

The posts are funded through the Creative Employment Programme managed by Creative and Cultural Skills Council with funding received from the Lottery and Arts Council England. Lancashire County Council are supporting CEP with funding to the support the young person with their training and development.