Take on an intern from a BAME background Creative Access is a successful charity established in 2012 with the aim of tackling the underrepresentation of people from black, Asian and non‑white minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds working in the creative sector.
Creative Access has placed more than 800 BAME young people in full‑time, paid internships across the creative sector. In publishing alone, through Creative Access more than 90 young people have undertaken internships in publishing companies and 85 per cent of those who have completed their internship have secured employment in the sector.
Interns have been placed at over 200 large, small and medium-sized companies right across the creative industries. In publishing, this ranges from large publishing houses to independent publishers and literary agencies.
Partners include Penguin Random House, Hachette, HarperCollins, Faber & Faber, Canongate, Bloomsbury, Pan Macmillan, Hurst, Hot Key Books, The Society of Authors, The Bookseller and Walker Books.
Creative Access is proving its extraordinary worth in developing new graduate talent pipelines from disadvantaged communities. It provides a tried and tested model for recruiting a high calibre network of BAME trainees, with the capacity to rise within the sector and become the decision‑makers themselves. Interns are supported via induction training, monthly masterclasses, senior mentors and regular intern clinics.
Thanks to the support of industry partners, Creative Access is a resounding success. The economic rationale is clear: the creative industries need to diversify in order to continue to grow and succeed in serving new markets and new audiences
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