Are you ready to work in the creative industries but struggling to get a foot in the door?

Do you need more experience? Professional contacts? More work for your portfolio? Mentoring to achieve your goals?

Apply for the Creative Workforce for the Future placement scheme. Deadline Monday 16th December, 9am 2019.

Interviews with Creative Youth Network - 15th January 2020.

Please read the Eligibility Criteria before applying. 



Creative Workforce for the Future is a new programme by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and the European Social Fund (ESF). It will enable talented young people to gain the experience required to sustain creative careers in sectors such as film, broadcast, digital production, animation and post-production.

Your placement at Creative Youth Network

Creative Youth Network will be providing support and placements for those interested in working with artists to produce, manage and programme new work by emerging young artists. This will include programming a gallery space, and supporting new commissioned work. You will be working with four young artists on our Creative Futures programme. Find out more about young artists who have been on our programme here. You will be based mostly at our central youth and arts hub The Station

This opportunity is ideal if you're interested in Arts Management, Admin, Marketing and Producing. 

On Creative Futures, we work with inter-disciplinary young artists and programme work which challenges and inspires audiences. Watch below a spoken word poem by Leeza Awojobi, one of our Creative Futures alumni. 




What will the scheme offer me?

  • You will undertake a 48 week paid placement.
  • You will develop your experience, C.V., portfolio, industry contacts.
  • You will have access to a network of people (called the Talent Network) offering opportunity, industry expertise and advice.
  • You will be connected to creative businesses and provided with a dedicated mentor to work with you throughout your placements.
  • You will be equipped with the tools and know-how to sustain a career whether in employment or while freelancing.
  • In addition the companies you will be placed with will receive training to support them to become an employer that is more inclusive.

Phase One: January to July 2020

You will undertake a 24 week placement at a cultural organisation in Bristol or Bath in the creative industries. You can apply to one of six cultural organisations: Creative Youth Network, Spike Island, Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol Museums, The Guild, Rife Magazine. You can find out more about the other hubs you can apply to have your placement with here

During your time with us, you will develop the skills to thrive in a creative business environment. You will be an active participant in a Talent Network with peers, which will provide further opportunities, industry expertise and advice. You will also receive support and guidance from a dedicated mentor who will work closely with you. You will meet regularly to discuss your career progression and further placements.

Phase Two: July to December 2020

You will spend 24 weeks at two small to medium sized creative media companies matched to your skills and interests.

During your placements, you might focus on a range of disciplines such as film, broadcast, digital production, animation, or post-production. Your mentor will continue working with you throughout your placements to support transitions, career development and your experience within the companies.

Phase Three: Post-placements

The Talent Network will continue to offer support and opportunities as you begin your journey into paid work in the creative industries.

If you apply for the scheme and are not selected to undertake a placement, you will be invited to become a part of the Creative Workforce for the Future Talent Network managed by Rife, with opportunity to hear about jobs, attend free masterclasses and events and connect with industry.



Creative Youth Network is working with The Guild (Coworking Bath)Knowle West Media Centre, Spike Island, Watershed, 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.

Want to have a chat before applying or maybe you just have a couple of questions for us? Get in touch with Creative Producer Emily Bull on [email protected] or 0117 947 7948.