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Creative Skillset launches diversity bursary scheme

Creative Skillset launches diversity bursary scheme
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David Wood
29 July 2014

Training body Creative Skillset is offering bursaries to up to 900 individuals designed to support and grow skills in the creative industries.

Creative Skillset says the scheme, which will offer targeted bursary support of up £1200 to individuals and up to £1600 for people with disabilities, is aimed at tackling imbalances in diversity in the media.

Black, Asian and minority ethnic, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals can apply for bursaries worth up to £1,200.

The programme is one strand of a renewed commitment to diversity programmes across the Creative Industries, including diversity-focused internship and training programmes delivered by partner organisations to widen access for new entrants and provide development for the existing workforce.

Research shows that employment levels for people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds is as low as 5.4% while only 4% of people working in the creative industries can be described as disabled.

The Diversity Fund will directly support people from under-represented groups to take the next step in their careers by funding up to 80% of the cost of training and professional development.

Individual grants will be available to people with at least one year of professional experience who belong to at least one of the specified under-represented groups: women, disabled people and Black Asian and non-white Minority Ethnic (BAME) people. 

Funding is available for training - primarily short courses and bespoke training solutions - for people working in computer games, fashion and textiles, advertising and marketing communications, publishing, VFX, radio, animation, interactive media, facilities, photo imaging, TV and film.

MT Rainey, founder Horsesmouth.co.uk and vice chair Creative Skillset said: “Difference is the very essence of creativity; different voices, different experiences, different perspectives coming together in unique new ways.

“Creativity thrives on diversity. Also, we live in a proudly diverse society and the creative industries can only benefit from better reflecting that diversity in our workforce.

“The Diversity Fund (England) will give practical support to individuals for quality training and professional development and will help us ensure that both access and progress in our industry is open to all.”


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