Scotland introduces job scheme for Creative Industries’ graduates

28 JANUARY 2013

As in inspiring example to other European countries, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and Creative Scotland have established a programme that will 'offer a lifeline' to graduates of Creative and Arts Industries related studies.

A new programme launched today by Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations and Creative Scotland will create 80 paid internships for unemployed graduates aged 24 and under with a qualification relevant to the Creative and Arts Industries.

The new Arts and Creative Industries Graduate Internship programme, backed by the Scottish Government, will offer young people paid 13-week opportunities in charities and SMEs starting in March.

Martin Sime, Chief Executive, SCVO said:

“This really is a win-win for young people wishing to work in a creative role and for the charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises that make up Scotland’s third sector.

“For young people facing a remarkably tough job market, the initiative will provide practical on the job training and that all-important first break in a very competitive industry. For the third sector, it will mean a welcome injection of fresh talent and creative minds at a time when many organisations face record high demand for services.

“Other SCVO internship programmes have been very successful for all involved and we look forward to seeing more impressive results from the Arts and Creative Industries Graduate Internship initiative.”

Caroline Parkinson, Director of Creative Development at Creative Scotland, said:

“This programme, which is being supported as part of Creative Scotland’s wider Youth Employment Programme, will enable young people eager to work in the creative industries to realise their ambitions. Creative Scotland is very pleased to be working with the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations to help create these internships for graduates.”

(Source: SCVO)