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We have now closed applications for Creative start. If you would like support from LIFT to find a job in the creative sector contact lift.futures@islington.gov.uk.

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 eight 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

Applications closed on 6 June 2022 at 17:00.  

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 8 placements in creative businesses, 4 placements with a focus on Graphic Design and 4 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  The People
Design Council  Moonbug Entertainment

Key Dates

Applications closed on 6 June 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. 

Applications closed on 6 June 2022 at 17:00.  

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