Set up just three years ago, with a mission to change the face of the media, the charity has already made a huge impact on the creative industries. Funded jointly by HM Government and the media sector, Creative Access has placed 500 young BAME candidates in six month or year-long internships with over 200 different companies. To date, 80% of interns have secured employment at the end of their placements.
Michael Foster, Founder of Creative Access, said: “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 the support of HM Government and our industry partners, we have developed a compelling and effective model which will continue to bring under represented talent to the creative sector to help better reflect our society.”
Tony Hall, BBC Director-General said: “It has been a real pleasure to watch the BBC’s 30 Creative Access interns reach their potential and move from training into work with us or in the wider Creative Industries. Many congratulations to all at Creative Access on your 500th intern placement and we look forward to working with you in 2016 to provide more young people with their first taste of broadcasting.”
The 500th intern, Hila Mayvand, has just begun a six-month internship at TV production company Mentorn Media. Hila, whose parents are from Afghanistan, tried for over a year to find work in the media, until, with the help of Creative Access, she was able to secure this role. She said: “I felt like doors were continually being shut on me and I just couldn’t get anyone to take a chance on me. I’m so thrilled to have this opportunity – at last – to prove myself and begin my career in television.”
Katie McAfee from Mentorn Media, which produces Question Time for the BBC, said: “In order for us to make successful programmes, which appeal to the widest possible audiences, we need to have creative input from people who represent these audiences. Working with Creative Access was a seamless process and a brilliant way to support young new talent – like Hila – into the industry.”