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Guidelines for Employers offering Work Placement Schemes in the Creative Industries

Work placement schemes provide opportunities and benefits to both individuals and employers. They are a useful way for those wishing to enter the creative industries to gain an insight in to the industry and to make informed career choices.

For employers, they are an opportunity to improve the skills of new entrants to the industry, raise the profile of career opportunities available within their organisation and develop management skills for existing staff. For individuals, they provide the opportunity to acquire new skills in a structured environment and increase opportunities for future employment.

Creative Skillset's Guidelines for Employers offering Work Placement Schemes in the Creative Industries, produced in collaboration Creative & Cultural Skills and Arts Council England, aim to promote good practice and clarify the various entry routes.

To download the guidelines, please click the link below:

Adobe Acrobat DocumentGuidelines for Employers offering Work Placement Schemes in the Creative Industries

The guidelines include recommendations on:

  • Limiting work experience placements to no more than 160 hours and reimbursing expenses;
  • Paying at least the national minimum wage for anyone on a graduate internship;
  • Limiting the working week of trainees and interns to 40 hours.

Government guidance on the national minimum wage was updated in 2011. Find out more about the national minimum wage.

Click here to read case studies for each of the different types of entry route.

Please note that the guidelines are primarily aimed at those who are over the age of 19. Organisations offering placements to the 14-19 age group will be subject to additional legislation. For further information on this age group please see the Work-Related Learning Guide produced by DCSF - click here to download a PDF of them: DCSF Work-Related Learning Guide.

 

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