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Upgrade Yourself: Kickstart

Our Upgrade Yourself: Kickstart programme builds on our experience running the Creative Careers Academy and the in-depth evaluation we created around the programme, alongside the launch of our Creative Careers Playbook in 2020. 

We had hoped to launch our second iteration of the Creative Careers Academy programme, 'Creative Industry Placements' in 2020, but due to the global pandemic and seeing the need for young people to not just work remotely, we paused the delivery. 

Utilising the Government Kickstart scheme, working closely with Westminster City Council and our creative community, we designed Creative Industry Placements that would support and benefit young people from underrepresented backgrounds. This responds even more to the needs of young people and the sector today.

Upgrade Yourself: Kickstart opportunities are six-month placements, with the aim to enable young people to get inside how a creative business is run, from operations to programming while being supported with an in-depth wrap round training and development programme. All placements work across Somerset House and are hosted by organisations within our resident creative community. 

We have nine Kickstart placements at Somerset House. All are full time roles, paying London Living Wage, with guaranteed space and time to take part in the wrap round training and development programme, including a mentor, space for self-reflection and the opportunity to be part of an in-depth evaluation.  

Our cohort are with the following organisations:

Agency Inc (Digital Marketing Trainee)
CARTABLE LTD (Marketing and Public Relations Assistant)
Factory 42 (Production Runner / Studio Assistant)
Fuel (Programme and Operations Assistant)
Live Music Now (Digital Comms & Project Coordinator)
Loop Music Ltd (Marketing Executive)
Mighty Productions (Television Development Runner / Junior Researcher)
Royal Society of Literature (Marketing & Administrative Assistant)
Somerset House Enterprises Limited (Event Assistant)

Upgrade Yourself: Kickstart is in partnership with Westminster City Council, The Kickstart Scheme and all participating placement organisations. 

With thanks to our supporters John Lyon's Charity, Blavatnik Family Foundation, Freelands Foundation and Young Talent Fund.