Our acclaimed Creative Industries Pathways Programme ran between 2013 and 2016 and supported over 46 unemployed Chatham residents who faced long term-barriers in returning to work. They had access to further training, work placements or employment opportunities in the creative industries.

By matching each participant with an industry specific mentor and working on a one-to-one basis, the programme identified and found ways to address the specific barriers facing each participant, whether this was developing confidence, training, IT skills, or industry-specific knowledge and skills.

By completion of the course, over 85% of participants told us their confidence had improved, especially when it came to their ability to talk to new people and ‘sell’ their skills and abilities.

60 participants signed up to take part in the programme, of whom 46 (76%) had accessed further training, work placements or employment opportunities by completion of the programme.


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