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Preston cultural organisation among North West’s first approved Creative Kickstart employers

Posted on - 8th April, 2021 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Business, Preston News
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A cultural organisation with roots in Preston is among the first employers in the North West to be approved for the Creative Kickstart scheme.

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Northern Heart Films will be able to offer opportunities as part of the The Department for Work and Pensions’ job creation scheme.

They will receive funding to create six-month placements for 16 to 24 year olds who receive Universal Credit.

The funding covers 100 per cent of the costs, up to 25 hours a week, and placements can start at any point before 31 December 2021.

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Scott Bradley, Head of Production at Northern Hearts Films, said: “We’re delighted to have been one of the first businesses approved for the Kickstart scheme.

“Northern Heart Films was established in the North West because we care deeply about the creative industry in our area. To now be able to provide some opportunities to young people in the region will be a brilliant experience for us.

“Hopefully this will help Northern Heart Films grow and we’ll be able to offer more employment opportunities in the future.”

Curious Minds, the sector support organisation for creative and cultural education in North West England, has been working to secure 70+ Kickstart jobs for the region’s creative industries.

As the scheme is rolled out, Curious Minds will provide a package of support for each new employee, designed to boost their learning and future employment prospects, and enable them to develop a lifelong appreciation of the arts.

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Holly Ball, Head of Careers and Employability at Curious Minds, said: “The response to the Kickstart scheme from employers in the North West has been incredible.

“Curious Minds is proud to support a wide range of employers from across the region as they open their doors to young people who need the opportunity the most.

“We see Kickstart as a catalyst to drive real change in the creative workforce.  Providing an opportunity to level the playing field for all young people; enabling those without their own networks to grow their social capital whilst also enhancing the region’s businesses with diverse talent.” 


An online event to launch the North West Creative Kickstart is being hosted by Curious Minds on Tuesday 20 April from 3pm to 4.30pm.

This session will offer both committed and potential Kickstart employers an overview of the programme, how and why to get involved and the training support available in the North West. Attendees will also hear from young people in a Kickstart placement about why it’s important to them.

Employer organisations can register to attend via Eventbrite.

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