Opening the doors to work for a wider range of young people In Cornwall
Game Changer is a £3.1 million project funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund (ESF) which will run until November 2019 designed to support 1035 young people aged 15 to 24 across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It will support young people to overcome the complex challenges they face; understand their individual aptitudes, passions and interests; develop skills and experiences; build connectivity and networks, resulting in at least 55% of them moving into work or long-term learning.
The programme will be delivered by working with businesses, matching their needs and aspirations with the passions and skills of young people. From experiencing potential careers via sector based work placements to challenge based learning sessions where young people can grow and express themselves openly and explore opportunities, young people on the programme will receive support tailored to their needs. The aim is that they can become part of an inclusive and growing Cornish economy.
The sectors involved are marine, construction, leisure and hospitality, food and drink, health and social care and creative industries. Each sector has a facilitator organisation to promote the programme to businesses, build up a portfolio of work experience opportunities and then coordinate with the Navigators who are working one to one with the young people, to match the opportunities with the right young person.
FEAST is acting as the creative industries sector facilitator on behalf of Creative Kernow.
How creative sector businesses can become involved in Game Changer.
The creative sector differs from the other sectors in many ways. The majority of businesses are small, freelance or sole traders. Additionally, there is not an obvious gap in the work force; indeed there is much competition for entry to the sector. The majority of practitioners are graduates and the sector tends not to be very diverse. Opportunities for young people, particularly those who have not followed the traditional educational path, are very limited so creative potential is being missed.
For these reasons we are working slightly differently with creative industries businesses, recognising that if you are working on your own or in a small company that you will need some extra support to recompense you for the additional time you will spend on overseeing a young person in a placement. We are able to offer £100/ young person/ day up to a maximum of £250 day to a freelance business offering Game Changer opportunities.
We are looking for practitioners / businesses which can offer short taster or placement opportunities – from half a day to a couple of weeks for a Game Changer young person. You will oversee the placement and organise appropriate activities but you will not need to organise any of the logistics of the young person’s travel. We will expect you to have Public Liability insurance cover but we are able to offer Employers Liability cover as part of our Creative Kernow policy as long as we have carried out a satisfactory risk assessment prior to the commencement of the placement. You will be asked to sign to say that the activities have been delivered, but you are not expected to do a complicated assessment of the young person’s progress. The paperwork for you is very light touch.
We would be keen to see some placements offered as part of FEAST projects, so an indication on an application to us that you have considered ways in which you could offer an opportunity to the programme would earn extra points on our scoring matrix, but will not guarantee that your application will be successful.
For more information please email or phone the FEAST office and ask for Rose Barnecut or Jack Morrison.
The FEAST programme part of Creative Kernow, funded by Arts Council England and Cornwall Council
Creative Kernow charity no.292138, company no.1727731, www.krowji.org.uk