Young people from across Kent and Medway took part in a targeted ‘Get Into Creative Careers’ programme during April funded by KAMCoP.

The collaborative programme, run by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) and the Prince’s Trust aimed to help underrepresented young people aged 16-25 learn more about creative careers and boost their confidence.

Over five days a group of eight young people took part in a range of creative workshops including textiles, printmaking and photography. Those taking part gained valuable insights into creative careers and industries through talks, presentations and 1:1 sessions with UCA outreach and academic staff and freelance artists.

They also created individual portfolios of work and successfully achieved their Bronze Arts Award, a Level 1 qualification which they can add to their CVs and use for future education and job opportunities.

Student feedback included:

‘I think the talks we got helped me a lot. They helped motivate me and helped me start planning a direction to go in.’

‘I enjoyed learning new skills and learning ways to create’

‘This Award really helped me figure out what I will do [next] when I was feeling very lost.’

Following the programme, the Prince’s Trust will continue to mentor participants for up to 6 months to support them in planning their future.

For more information about organising similar projects, please contact KMPF.

Lucy King

7 Jun 2022

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