The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today announced £1.3m of new investment in programmes to support creative jobs and training through his Creative Enterprise Zones (CEZs) in Croydon, Lambeth and Lewisham.
The funding will support Londoners into education, training or employment by June 2023, and help creative employees to improve their career prospects.
Creative Enterprise Zones are designed to support artists and creative businesses and develop skills and jobs for Londoners in distinctive zones across the capital. This funding boost will help create work placements, training and mentoring opportunities for the capital’s emerging creative talent including Londoners from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, disabled Londoners and women, who are under-represented in the creative industry and have been disproportionately affected by the impact of Covid-19.
Croydon, Lambeth and Lewisham CEZs will each receive a share of £1.1m, comprised of £450,000 from the Creative Enterprise Zones programme and £650,000 from the European Social Fund – the last round of funding that London was eligible for before Brexit – with the councils contributing a further £200k in funding.
In Croydon, the £300,000 project ‘Win Creative Croydon’ will help provide training for roles in the music industry including production, digital media, fashion and design and PR and events management. Led by South Bank University and partners Nexus, The Need2Succeed and FMM Pop-up, the programme will get young people into industry-based training and placements. It will also support local employers in offering young Londoners, keen to break into the creative industries, with practical experience and skills.
In Lambeth, the £500,000 ‘Brixton Creative Works’ programme will provide aspiring artists with one-to-one mentoring and access to creative careers festivals. It will offer specialist training to freelancers and business owners to help support young people to embark on a career in the creative industries and develop their entrepreneurship skills along with local partners, Get Set UK.
In Lewisham, £500,000 has been awarded to the ‘Inspire Lewisham’ programme to support local creatives into employment and training delivered by Goldsmiths, University of London in partnership with Lewisham College, the Albany, and ‘Do It Now Now’. The initiative will teach specialised music, coding and digital skills to emerging creatives from underrepresented backgrounds and support local employers in the delivery of bespoke training placements.
The Mayor’s Creative Enterprise Zones were a key manifesto commitment to support jobs and promote innovation in the creative sector to help drive the economic recovery. In July, the Mayor announced a further £3m investment to grow the programme from six zones to 12 by 2023. A further Creative Enterprise Zone creative skills project is currently out to tender for Hounslow.
The Mayor is launching his Academies Programme this year to provide further support for Londoners, including those most impacted by the pandemic, to access good work in the creative industries, and other priority sectors key to London’s recovery. Initially the programme will provide £3 million to support the development of Academy Hubs, bringing together organisations such as training providers, employers and other local partners to improve coordination of provision and employment within priority sectors. The creative industries have had an incredibly difficult 18 months, but with investment and support they will help to drive our social and economic recovery.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “This new funding will bring a huge boost for skills, training and jobs in these areas, and be a much-needed catalyst for economic regeneration and growth.
“The creative industries have the power to drive our social and economic recovery through innovation and job creation but have been hit hard by the pandemic.
“That is why I am delighted to build on the success of the Creative Enterprise Zones in Croydon, Lambeth and Lewisham by supporting more talented Londoners into lasting careers in the sector.”