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Creative Start is a new programme from LIFT and Better Space that matches people looking to gain experience in the creative sector with local businesses, alongside a program of specially designed learning from City, University of London.  

The programme has been developed to support people who want to start a new career in creating digital content. We’re offering ten paid placements, with a focus on Graphic Design or Video Content Production, each paying London Living Wage (£11.05 per hour). Through Creative Start, successful candidates will have access to a 12-week work and study programme. 

We will provide mentoring and coaching throughout the internship journey and offer ongoing support at the end of the placement to help plan the next steps in the creative sector.    

Learn more about the courses from City, University of London here

APPLY NOW HERE - Applications close on 6 June 2022 at 17:00.  

Join one of our Insight Sessions to find out more and ask questions:

Wednesday 25 May 12:00  - Sign up here

Tuesday 31 May 17:00 - Sign up here

What will you gain from the Creative Start Programme?

  • 12 weeks of paid work experience in a creative business, up to 4 days a week in a work placement, and 1 day a week study, paid at London Living Wage (£11.05 per hour up to 35 hours per week with some part time roles available.) 
  • The opportunity to work on real creative projects and be part of a team. 
  • Access to a City University Graphic Design or Video Content Production course with ongoing tutor support and participants will receive access to the full Adobe suite of programmes for up to 6 months. 
  • Additional access to a brand-new social start up course, 1:1 coaching and advice on how to improve their entrepreneurship skills and create a business of their own. 
  • Mentoring and support
  • Off-Peak access to Better Space co-working space in Islington for the duration of the programme (access on evenings and Fridays). 
  • Upon completing the Creative Start internship participants will gain a reference in their chosen field, alongside support in setting up their own business and the opportunity to apply for up to £1,000 to further progress their creative career. 

Who’s involved in Creative Start?

We’re offering 10 placements in creative businesses, 5 placements with a focus on Graphic Design and 5 placements with a focus on Video Content Production. Please see below the placements on offer, including details on full time and part time options, you will need to reference your 1st and 2nd choice in the application process: 

Graphic Design Video Content Production
89 UP 89 UP
The Clerkenwell Brothers  CLOD Ensemble
Output  It's Nice That
Design Council  Moonbug Entertainment
New Moon
 The People

Key Dates

Applications open on 16 May and close on 6 June at 17:00 

Insight sessions:

Wednesday 25 May at 12:00 

Tuesday 31 May at 17:00

Interview dates: 9 June – 15 June 

The Creative Start programme launches on 11 July and will run until 30 September, all participants should be able to commit to the duration of the programme. Up to 4 days per week of work (up to 28 hours) and 1 day a week of learning. 

How to apply

  • Check you are eligible for the programme:
    • A resident of a LIFT borough (Camden, Hackney, Islington, and Tower Hamlets) or a care leaver from one of these boroughs
    • Aged 18+ 
    • Have an interest in Graphic Design or Video Content Production 
    • Are looking to take your first steps in the creative sector with a paid internship placement and funded course 
    • Are available and committed to paid work / study for duration of programme 
    • Are aged 18-25
    • Are aged 25+ and from an underrepresented community including:
      • women
      • people from Black, Asian or Minortiy Ethnic background
      • lone parents
      • people with a disability    
  • Join one of our Creative Start Insight Sessions on 25 May and 31 May via Zoom meet the Creative Start team, learn more about the programme, the application process and a chance to ask questions. Sign up here for 25 May and here for 31 May. 
  • Read through the job descriptions for each of the placements available above and explore the two course content options.  
  • Read our FAQs here– and reach out to the LIFT team here for support with your application. 
  • Complete your application form online by 6 June 2022 at 17:00 
  • Successful candidates will first be invited to an informal chat with one of the LIFT team before an interview with the employer 13-15 June.      

If you are having any difficulties or would like support with your application please contact the LIFT team on and let us know which borough you are a resident in.

APPLY NOW HERE - Applications close on 6 June 2022 at 17:00.  

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