Arts Council England has launched a Creative employment programme to help young unemployed people find paid work in the arts and culture sector.

The new scheme will run in the South east region, supporting 16-24 year olds to access paid inroads into an arts career through apprenticeships and internships.

The £15m fund will subsidise up to 6,500 new roles across the arts and will be a welcome injection of young talented people into a workforce threatened with lack of paid opportunities.

The scheme builds upon two successful apprenticeship initiatives, the Creative Jobs Programme and the DCMS Jerwood Creative Bursaries Scheme, and is designed to “create fairer entry routes into the arts and cultural sector and increase workforce diversity” as set out in its 10-year plan for the arts, Achieving great art for everyone.

It is hoped the initiative will be up and running by early 2013 and will run until March 2015.

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