Future Creatives
Promoting work experience for local young people

The Future Creatives project aims to increase work experience opportunities for young people in Reading within the creative industries.

Future Creatives will involve young people from the start in designing and implementing new work placement opportunities. It will raise the profile of the participating organisations and provide them with new ways to engage with placements. The young people involved will gain new skills, confidence and a chance to contribute to major creative projects in Reading.

If you are aged 16-25 and are interested in working in the creative industries or if you are an organisation who would like to support training young people or gain from their creative input then contact: for more information.

Real Time will use evidence gained from the pilot to provide information about how organisations and young people looking for careers in the creative industries in Reading can expand the opportunities on offer in the future.

Research and consultation
The Future Creatives project will be looking into existing work opportunities in the creative industries in Reading and what young people want. If you are a creative organisation and have offered work experience in the past or are interested in offering places to young people we’d like to hear from you. We’re also talking to young people about the type of careers and work experience they need.

We are putting together information on what works and what the challenges are. Work placements are flexible; they can initially be just a few hours or a larger commitment- it’s up to you and what works in your situation.

The project will:

Increase opportunities for creative work experience in Reading

Provide information and encouragement for organisations to get involved in offering placements

Build sustainable links and networks in the creative sector

Ensure the involvement of young people from hard-to-reach groups

Work experience placements

At least 30 young people aged 16-25 will gain work experience. Reading-on-Thames Festival wants young people to be involved in delivery of this high profile and exciting event. In particular it’s interested in young people getting involved in recording the events for social media and other outputs.

We also want to engage non-creative partners who might benefit from young people with creative skills like video, social media, marketing and design who could offer a placement supported by Real Time.

The project is part of ‘Reading, Place of Culture’ Reading Borough Council, Reading UK CIC and Reading University's plan to put culture at the heart of planning for the future of the town. It aims to enhance Reading’s cultural offer, help drive economic growth and improve quality of life for people in Reading. Funded by a new collaboration between the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Historic England, Reading is one of only 16 places in England selected to participate.
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