Creativity Works is a partnership between the Berkeley Foundation and the Mayor's Fund for London that tackles youth employment by helping young people to access employment opportunities in the creative arts industries. With one in six jobs in London being in the creative arts, the programme targets 17 to 24 year-olds who have been to secondary school in London but are not in employment, education or training (NEET).
The programme aims to equip young people with the practical skills and knowledge to make the step into work or further training in the industry. The young people get this by receiving industry-specific employability training, mentoring and work experience, all whilst working towards a Level 2 Arts Award qualification. In 2014, 54 young people took part in Creativity Works and so far 29 have moved into paid employment.
In three years, Creativity Works will help over 500 young Londoners back into employment, education or training. A further 2,400 young people will be engaged in 'talent showcase' events.
Watch the video below to hear the story of one of the young people.