Introduction to the Creative Industries Programme returns in 2022


Our free Introduction to the Creative Industries Programme returns next year. Signing up to it was one of the best decisions Juno Evans has made.

She said: “With the support of my programme mentor I was able to find local work and training opportunities that related to the creative areas I am interested in.

“I went on to gain a Kick Start role at The Theatre Royal Norwich and have just signed a permanent full-time work contract with them as a Programming and Production Assistant. I couldn’t be happier!”

The part-time Introduction to the Creative Industries Programme returns from January to April 2022 thanks to an award of £19,810 from Norfolk Community Foundation through the New Anglia LEP Community Challenge.

It’s for people aged 18-30 who, like Juno, are interested in a creative career but need some help getting started.

Tailored to participants’ interests and needs, it includes group training sessions, industry expert talks, visits to local creative organisations and individual mentoring sessions. All designed to help them into creative jobs or further training.

Juno added: “You’re meeting incredible local people from different parts of the industry, making relationships with them. It’s been lovely, fun and so beneficial.”

You can read more about Juno’s story below.

The creative industries contribute £111 billion to the UK economy. There’s a huge variety of roles and jobs across different sectors and here in Norfolk there are many creative opportunities and jobs if people know where to look and what skills are needed.

Carrie Mansfield, Executive Producer for The Garage, said: “After a successful pilot of the Introduction to the Creative Industries Programme last year we are incredibly pleased to be able to offer this training for a new cohort in 2022 thanks to the support from the Norfolk Community Foundation, New Anglia LEP Community Challenge.

“Giving people the chance to get started on fulfilling careers is a real privilege and this programme fills a much-needed gap – providing encouragement, support and guidance for people wanting to work in the creative industries.

“The focus is very much on what opportunities are available in Norfolk. The programme will show people the opportunities that exist and those they can create for themselves while living in our fantastic county rather than thinking they need to head to further afield or to bigger cities for interesting, fulfilling careers.”

Norfolk Community Foundation is an independent, registered charity that bridges the gap between those in need and those who can help. As part of a national movement of Community Foundations, Norfolk Community Foundation is working together with local philanthropists to make a difference to lives in Norfolk.

Jenny Bevan, Head of Programmes at Norfolk Community Foundation, said: ‘We are  delighted to support this much-needed project that will make a real difference in the community. We wish The Garage Trust every success with their work.”

Learn more about the Introduction to the Creative Industries Programme and how to apply. Find out more about all our other educational courses too. General booking for our classes is now open. Spring term begins 10 January.

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