Creative Employment Programme in Gloucestershire - creative careers event coming soon!

Create Gloucestershire are working with 9 creative employers across the county and the Job Centre Plus to provide the first Creative Careers event aimed at young people aged 18-24 years, who are unemployed and/or on Job Seekers Allowance and who would like a job in arts or culture. 

Through the Creative Employment Programme, employers across Gloucestershire are offering internships and apprenticeships in a whole range of areas such as technical theatre, fundraising and arts marketing. 

Hosted by The Wilson museum and art gallery on Clarence Street, Cheltenham, young people are invited to book on this FREE event on Thursday 16 October, from 10.30am – 12.30pm.  There will be a series of short presentations on how you can get involved and an opportunity to hear how some of the recently recruited interns and apprentices are getting on.

Advance booking is essential.  You can book a place online: or contact your local Job Centre work coach.


Create Gloucestershire secured investment of just under £50,000 through the Creative Employment Programme, to create 19 new employment opportunities in the cultural sector for 18-24 year olds.  These will open up new entry routes into Britain’s fastest growing industry at a time when many young people are struggling to get a foothold in the world of work.

The roles include opportunities in marketing, curation, finance, technical and administration for both apprentices and interns.  The 9 employers are based across Gloucestershire in key urban centres including The Wilson Museum and Art Gallery in Cheltenham, the Roses theatre in Tewkesbury, GDance and Art Shape in Gloucester and; in rural areas Hawkwood College outside Stroud and Artspace Cinderford in the Forest of Dean. 

These employers are working closely in partnership with the local Job Centres to recruit young unemployed people into the creative industries.  The consortium submitted a joint bid to the Creative Employment Programme run by the Arts Council with seed funding from Grow Gloucestershire, a County Council programme to scope the project.

Create Gloucestershire members Artshape and the Roses Theatre have recently recruited their  first apprentices and interns to the programme.  Steff Wills is working as an Events and Exhibitions intern and shares her experience, "Working as an Intern at Art Shape has already begun to open up so many opportunities for me, I have learnt so much about the organisation and the wide variety of arts available in Gloucestershire".

Pippa Jones Director of Create Gloucestershire says “This is a really fantastic and entirely new opportunity for young people to either kick-start a career in the cultural sector or propel those already working to the next level.  It’s also a great example of how Create Glos works - it is unlikely that any of the 9 employers would have taken on an apprentice on their own but by working together as a consortium we have been able to bid together, share admin responsibilities and achieve significant economies of scale”

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Leader of Gloucestershire County Council says: I think it’s great that Gloucestershire businesses are doing all they can to give employment opportunities to the young people across the county and I’d encourage all other businesses to follow their example.  

 "The skills taught in apprenticeships and internships not only provide our young people with valuable work-life qualities, but also help to build the county's economy and strengthen local businesses." 

Sara Whybrew, Director, Creative Employment Programme says “Creative & Cultural Skills is delighted to be supporting members of Create Gloucestershire with these fantastic new job opportunities. It is brilliant to see this group of organisations working together and using the CEP to develop the future talent for their local cultural sector.”

Further information

Creative Employment Programme:

The Creative Employment Programme (CEP) aims to help businesses grow and diversify by opening up new entry routes into Britain’s fastest growing industry, which is particularly important at a time when young people are struggling to enter the world of work. It is brilliant to see this group of organisations working together and using the CEP to develop the future talent for their local cultural sector.”

Contact information

Louise Bardgett, Project Manager for the Creative Employment Programme in Gloucestershire can be contacted on: