creative_skillset_diversity_fund

The Creative Skillset Diversity Fund (England) provides funding for training for employees and freelancers residing in England who are under-represented in the workforce, and can show they have worked in a paid, professional capacity over at least one year in the creative industries.

Individuals working in games, fashion and textiles, advertising and marketing communications, publishing, VFX, radio, animation, interactive media, facilities, photo imaging, TV and film are eligible to apply.

Grants are available to individuals from at least one of the following under-represented groups: women, disabled, black, Asian and non-white minority ethnic (BAME). Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals who belong to these groups are equally eligible. Creative Skillset are also developing a leadership programme specifically for individuals from the LGBT community for launch later in 2014/15.

You can apply to this fund if you meet all of the following criteria

You can demonstrate that you reside in England; You belong to at least one of the under-represented groups covered by this programme, in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. You will therefore be asked to:

  • declare, and be prepared to provide evidence of, your ethnicity / gender / disabled status (categories are based on those used in the population Census 2011).
  • You can demonstrate at least one year’s proven professional experience working regularly within eligible creative industries as a freelancer or employee.

You will therefore be asked to:

  • as a freelancer – demonstrate that you are employed in the UK creative industries on a fixed term contract of less than 364 days or provide a reference from an employer for whom you have worked and provide a CV demonstrating a minimum of one year’s professional experience. This means you can show that you work regularly in your industry with a minimum of at least 2 significant paid professional engagements in any one year.
  • as an employee – provide evidence of a minimum of one year’s employment through providing a CV or by confirmation from your employer.
  • if you are returning to work after a career break – indicate how this training is essential to your employability in an eligible industry (see below), and demonstrate a minimum of one year’s professional experience working regularly within eligible creative industries as a freelancer or employee, using either of the methods detailed above.
  • if you are unemployed but have worked in the creative industries within the past two years – demonstrate a minimum of one year’s proven professional experience working regularly within eligible creative industries as a freelancer or employee, using either of the methods detailed above.
  • You can demonstrate how the training you are applying for will benefit your career in the UK creative industries;
  • You are not receiving any other form of Creative Skillset subsidy to attend the training. This includes any funding that has been awarded directly to the training provider to assist in developing the course. Please contact the Diversity and Inclusion Administrator if you are uncertain about this.

It is imperative you read the eligibility criteria and full application guidelines. Full information / to apply go to: http://creativeskillset.org