Evaluation of the Creative Employment Programme
The Creative Employment Programme (CEP) represents a response to both youth unemployment and sector specific entry access route concerns. It represents a significant investment by Arts Council England of up to £15 million, which is primarily intended to provide work, training and support opportunities for young people aged 16-24 that have been disproportionately affected by current levels of unemployment. It will also help to challenge and potentially change recruitment cultures within the creative and cultural industries by aiding the diversification of the workforce and providing new fair access routes.
The funding is being used to facilitate the creation of up to 4,500 new Apprenticeship, traineeship and paid internship opportunities for young people in the creative and cultural sector over four years to March 2017. To date the programme has supported over 1000 employers across England. Creative and Culture Skills, on behalf of the Arts Council, commissioned CFE to conduct an evaluation of CEP. The evaluation involves a mixed-method approach combining online surveys of employers and telephone surveys of learners engaged in the programme with semi-structured interviews and case studies. Employers are tracked and surveyed at three points and learners at two points in the programme. By establishing a baseline and a counterfactual group of employers, changes in behaviour will be captured and impact assessed.