Creative Workforce for the Future

This is a paid, flexible placement scheme for highly creative 18-30 year olds which aims to widen participation and reduce barriers to inclusion.

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The Guild is offering places on a new placement scheme aimed at helping young people get valuable creative experience - firstly based here in our unique community for 24 weeks and then on to a local creative company/organisation.

Your mission for the first 24 weeks will be to help us shout about all the great things that happen here and community we’re building at The Guild, and particularly how to attract a wider demographic to come and join us in the future.

You will get support throughout the entire placement from a dedicated mentor and you’ll get to know our space, our friendly members and our unique culture, and together you will work on our digital marketing and social media programmes. We can offer you the chance to work within a creative and casual yet professional environment - and pay you on a training contract. In return you’ll need to be bursting with ideas about how to promote The Guild, confident to talk to other creatives here, and eager to learn the systems and software we have here to help you with content creation and social media management.

As you progress and get to know The Guild and the different way our members work, your mentor will work with you to consider where you’d like to spend the next 24 weeks of your placement, which will be in a local company outside The Guild. We have relationships with many local creative businesses, and will work hard to ensure you end up in a company which works for you as much as you work for them. Once you are in your industry placement your existing mentor will stay in close touch to ensure that you are supported and getting the work experience you were offered.

If you are interested in applying for this unique opportunity then please head to the central application site

The deadline for the current cohort is Friday 20th December 9am.

Am I eligible?

Note that this programme is aimed at widening participation in the creative industries and as such is open to BAME applicants or those identifying as from a disadvantaged socio-economic background.

You must be:

  • aged 18 - 30 years on first day of placement
  • a UK resident
  • have a National Insurance number registered at an address in the West of England (Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire)
  • not currently enrolled at University or at University when the placement starts
  • available for 4 days per week for the entire placement period (27 January to Christmas 2020).
  • be able to demonstrate relevant training/skills for working in the creative industries, e.g. you have a University degree, BTEC, GNVQ or other vocational/practical course or relevant experience demonstrating skills, e.g. through work experience, an apprenticeship or training programmes such as Eight Creative Agency, New Creatives, BFI Film Academy, or a portfolio of outstanding work.
  • What is positive action?

    This is a positive action scheme, which means we are specifically inviting applications from those not currently widely represented within the creative industries in the region. This scheme is therefore only open to those who either/or:

  • are from a Black Asian or Minority Ethnic background
  • identify as someone with a disadvantaged socio-economic background
  • (eg. Type of school attended at age 11-16, free school meal eligibility, parental experience of higher education, carer status, parental occupation when you were aged 14, parental housing situation when you were aged 11-16)


    About the programme

    You can find out more about the programme here

    This programme is operated by Coworking Bath CIC (The Guild) working alongside a number of partner organisations to fund and deliver this programme.

    The Guild is working with Spike Island, Knowle West Media Centre, Watershed, CYN The Station, Bristol City Council and UWE Bristol to support creatives and businesses across the West of England to develop both industry employment practices embracing inclusion and diversity as an asset, and nurture young talent from certain under- represented groups to gain the experience required to sustain a creative career.

    Creative Workforce for the future is funded by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and the European Social Fund (ESF) and is being delivered as part of the B+B Creative R+D programme.