Themes:

Diversity charity places 700 BAME interns in the media in just four years

London 1 December 2016 – Creative Access, a charity that facilitates access to the creative industries for young BAME talent, has today placed its 700th intern.

Set up in 2012, with a mission to change the face of the media, the charity has already made a huge impact on the creative industries. Creative Access has placed 700 young BAME candidates in six month or year-long paid internships with over 260 different companies. To date, over 90% of interns have secured employment at the end of their placements.

The 700th intern, Shahurul Khan, begins his six month internship at Swan Films next week. Shahural, the eldest of five siblings, grew up in Luton where he went to his local state school. His mother is a house-wife and his father works as a waiter. Whilst they would have preferred him to enter a more traditional profession, they do support his decision to enter the world of media. Shahural says: “Without Creative Access I wouldn’t have found a role like this. The team couldn’t have been more supportive throughout the recruitment process and now that I’m about to begin my internship. I’m so thrilled to have this opportunity – at last – to prove myself and begin my career in television.”

Tony Hall, BBC Director-General said: “Creative Access has proven to be an excellent way to bring people into our business with different skills and perspectives from our usual applicants. We have, over the pas two years, taken over sixty interns in a range of teams across the UK and the majority have gone on to secure full time roles with us.”

Josie Dobrin, Chief Executive, Creative Access, said:“We are thrilled that Creative Access continues to go from strength to strength. The economic rationale for Creative Access is clear: our sector needs to diversify in order to continue to grow and succeed in serving new markets and new audiences. Thanks to overwhelming industry support we have developed a compelling and effective model which will continue to bring under represented talent to the creative sector in order to help better reflect our society.”