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Creative Employment Programme extended to 2016

Cultural organisations in England have been given an extra 12 months to apply to the Creative Employment Programme and secure funding to subsidise new apprentice and internship positions within the sector.

The extension will enable the continuation of a hugely successful programme which has already engaged over 850
arts and cultural sector organisations across England, enabling more than 1,000 apprenticeships, 1,200 internships to be created in businesses of all sizes. 

The Creative Employment Programme is supported by Arts Council England Lottery funding.  It aims to support employers within the Arts Council’s footprint* to create apprenticeships, internship and traineeship opportunities for unemployed young people aged 16-24 in England.

Following the decision to extend the programme, employers now have until November 2015 to apply for grants to subsidise the wages of new recruits, and positions can start
any time before 31st March 2016.

Success stories and case studies are available here.

Funding available to support Apprenticeships:

  • £2000 per apprenticeship from the Creative Employment Programme when you pay the National Minimum Wage (relevant to their age) or £1,500 when you pay at least the Apprentice Minimum Wage (£2.73 p/hr) for 12 months for at least 30 hours a week.
  • £1500 Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) government funding can be matched to this for companies with less than 50 employees who have not had an apprentice in the last 12 months (enhanced to £3000 in London for employers under 250 staff).

Funding available to support Paid Internships:

  • £2500 per paid internship from the Creative Employment Programme, when you pay the National Minimum Wage (relevant to their age) for six months for min. 30 hours a week.

For further details about the programme, including eligibility criteria and guidance for applicants, visit Creative Employment or contact them via email.

* Companies must sit within the Arts Council England footprint: Music, Theatre, Dance, Museums, Combined Arts, Visual Arts, Literature, Carnival, Circus, Galleries, Libraries and Contemporary Craft. 

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