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Creative Workforce for the Future

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? Through the Creative Workforce for the Future placement scheme you could access a package of support, training and mentoring that includes a 24-week placement at one of six cultural hubs in Bristol and Bath – including Knowle West Media Centre!

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

Deadline for applications: Monday 16 December 2019, 9am.
Interviews for KWMC placements will take place on Friday 20 December 2019.

To check whether you are eligible to apply, please read the eligibility criteria below and on the application form.

How does the placement scheme work?

You will:

– undertake a 48 week paid placement
– develop your experience, C.V., portfolio and industry contacts
– have access to a Talent Network of peers offering opportunities, industry expertise and advice
– be connected to creative businesses and have a dedicated mentor to work with you throughout
– be equipped with the tools and know-how to sustain a career, whether in employment or freelancing

You will be paid £257 per week, based on undertaking a placement of 32 hours per week (4 days per week with some evenings for network opportunities or events where appropriate). You will be paid through a training contract which means that you will not need to pay tax or national insurance over the amount. You will be entitled to 28 days holiday (pro-rata) during the 48 week placement period, from 27 January to 31 December 2020.

A placement at KWMC

At Knowle West Media Centre, successful applicants will work with our creative agency Eight on a range of video production briefs, mentored by experienced filmmakers, to develop skills in shooting, editing and pre- and post-production. You will also support the day-to-day running of Eight and have the chance to create a social justice project inspired by issues identified by young people in Knowle West.

Eight is a full service agency offering a range of digital services including video production, web development, design and photography services. Two of Eight’s founding principles are a commitment to diversifying the creative industries and a desire to support new talent.

We are looking for people who want to be filmmakers, and will consider passion, enthusiasm and ability to learn as being as valuable as having specific video production skills or experience. Self-shooters or those with camera or editing specialisms are equally encouraged apply.

Phase One: January to July 2020

You will undertake a 24 week placement at one of six cultural organisations in Bristol or Bath: Knowle West Media Centre, Spike Island, The Guild, Rife Magazine, Creative Youth Network: The Station, or Bristol Museums.

Each organisation will offer different experiences, in addition to supporting you to develop core skills.

During your time at the cultural hub, 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. Your mentor will continue working with you throughout your placements to support you.

Phase Three: Post-placement

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

Am I eligible to apply?

In order to apply for one of the placements in the Creative Workforce for the Future scheme, you must be:

– aged 18 – 30 years on the first day of the placement
– a UK resident
– have a National Insurance number registered at an address in the West of England (Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire)
– NOT currently enrolled at University or at University when the placement starts
– available for 4 days per week for the entire placement period (27 January to 31 December 2020, with a three-hour induction on Tuesday 21 January)
– able to demonstrate relevant training/skills for working in the creative industries

Creative Workforce for the Future is a positive action scheme, which means the cultural hubs are specifically inviting applications from those not currently widely represented within the creative industries in the region.

Therefore, Creative Workforce for the Future is only open to those who are:

– of BAME (Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic) origin AND / OR
– identify as someone with a disadvantaged socio-economic background

In addition, our placement at Knowle West Media Centre is only open to self-identifying women within these groups, as it aims to address the gender imbalance within the UK film industry, where women are consistently under-represented in roles behind the camera.

According to data gathered by BFI Filmography, reviewing over 100 years of UK feature film, less than 5% of directing credits and just over 2% of Director of Photography credits were female.[1] The gender imbalance affects other crew positions too: the BFI found that fewer than 1% of films have crews that are more than 50% female.[2]




Programme Credits

Through Creative Workforce for the Future we are working with The Guild (Coworking Bath), Spike Island, Watershed, CYN The Station, 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.




Contact Us

Knowle West Media Centre
Leinster Avenue
Knowle West
+44 (0) 117 903 0444

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