£3.6m creative co-working space providing apprenticeship opportunities for disadvantaged young people to launch in Waltham Forest in December 2018
Big Creative Education will increase their capacity for apprenticeship delivery for 16-24 year olds within the co-working space, funded by Big Issue Invest, Charity Bank and the GLA.
A £3.6m creative working space which will help to guide marginalised young people into the creative industries, is due to open in December 2018 after a £3.6m investment from the Greater London Authority (GLA), Charity Bank and Big Issue Invest (BII).
The vibrant and inspirational workspace – named Creative Works – in Waltham Forest, London, is set within a refurbished 100-year old building that built engines for fighter planes during WW1. It will be part of a new “Big Creative Village” masterminded by Big Creative Education, a creative hub at the heart of the Blackhorse Lane regeneration area (E17).
Creative Works will act as a workspace for 100 creative industry professionals and SME employers. In turn, young students aged from 16 to 24 from some of North and East London’s most disadvantaged areas, will be offered apprenticeships, training, mentoring and practical support provided by those utilising the space.
Trading surpluses from the letting of co-working space in Creative Works will be reinvested into subsidised rents and furthering the educational mission of BCE.
Since 2010, more than 300 young people, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, have secured jobs via Big Creative, addressing the huge underrepresentation in the creative industries of people from disadvantaged backgrounds. BCE has worked with over 10,000 young people since it was established in 1999.
Alexis Michaelides, Managing Director at Big Creative Training, said: “The investment from Big Issue Invest, GLA and Charity Bank is extremely significant in supporting us to achieve our mission to support young people into creative careers. Unlike a commercial bank, our funders have been involved in all aspects of the support and challenge required to ensure a successful and sustainable business that has been created to play an important role in promoting diversity within London’s creative economy.”
James Salmon, Investment Director at Big Issue Invest, said: “We know Alexis and his team will bring indomitable passion to the project, and provide young people who would ordinarily find it near impossible to enter the creative industries a vibrant space to learn and gather valuable on the job experience.”
To bring inspiration to the design, Creative Works asked local designers and makers to help them furnish and decorate the space to bring in unique character and functionality. Bespoke co-work desks, custom built bay dividers and private offices have been designed to provide privacy, ample storage and flexibility.
Additional features at Creative Works include a post-production ‘sound cube’, a fully equipped digital training suite, a range of high spec meeting rooms and a boardroom equipped with video-conferencing that can also be used for small events or training. ‘The Square’ event space will host Creative Works exciting programme of social and industry events and can be hired out for private events.
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Michaelides on 07770 601 142 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.