Underpinning the Panic! season is an employability programme for a group of twenty young East Londoners that aims to demonstrate the hugely positive impact young people from a range of backgrounds can have on creative and cultural organisations.
Aimed at young people aged 18 – 24, who are not already in education, employment or training, the programme will enable the group to break into the creative industries by providing them with work experience and training in a communications, media or advertising and campaigning role.
Panic! partners Create, the Barbican, Goldsmiths University of London and The Guardian will each offer work placements, allowing the young people to be involved in all elements of organising the season.
The ambition of the project is for the majority of the group to land permanent paid jobs or apprenticeships by the end of the programme and to set a gold standard for how young people can be involved in the growth of the UK’s creative industries.
The group have also been working on a series of media projects to gain an Arts Award Silver, which have provided a platform for them to have their say on the themes explored through the Panic! season. Visit the blog to explore their podcasts, zines, vlogs and blogs.
Creativity Works is Mayor’s Fund for London programme, supported by the Berkeley Foundation and Be Open and delivered in partnership with Create and A New Direction.
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