School for the Creative and Cultural Industries


Creative Access expands support to UCL East students at newly launched creative hub

7 November 2023

The diversity & inclusion social enterprise which opens up access to the creative industries ran a workshop with students from the newly launched School for the Creative and Cultural Industries (SCCI), part of UCL East.

Creative Access logo

Representatives from Creative Access provided an interactive session to SCCI students in October on “breaking into the creative industries”. The session covered important topics, such as showcasing employability skills effectively to employers, as well as the different roles and routes into the creative industries. Consultancy Creative Access provides career support, opportunities and training to individuals from groups that are historically under-represented in the creative industries including Black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates, disabled people, those undergoing gender reassignment or transitioning and individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. 90% of individuals say our support has had a significant impact on their career and 92% of our interns secure permanent creative industry jobs.

Focus on impact

Since it was founded in 2012, Creative Access has collaborated with over 750 employer partners, provided over 2500 paid traineeships and placements, and overseen nearly 3000 mentoring partnerships. Creative Access has been supporting UCL students since 2013, with over 50 UCL students on the Bloomsbury Campus successfully securing paid internships and/or roles in the creative industries through. Creative Access at employers including The Times, Sky Studios, Greenpeace, National Theatre, Tate and more.

Tomoyo Miyakawa, UCL Employer Engagement and Work-Related Learning Manager for SCCI, said

It was a pleasure welcoming the Creative Access team to talk to our students at UCL East. Creative Access is an outstanding mission-driven diversity &inclusion focused organisation, which enables people from groups that are under-represented in the creative industries to access careers. I am delighted that Creative Access has extended its support to SCCI students at UCL East, as our students here have been studying a wide range of creative & cultural topics, including filming, media, VR, public history, conservation, creative health and audio storytelling. Creative Access’s inclusive approach to career support is in line with our ethos, and we look forward to developing our collaboration.”       

Feedback from the Creative Access community:

Creative Access helped me get my foot in the door, but the support didn’t end there. The team were always there to answer any questions I had about work life. I’d never worked in an office before, and Creative Access helped me figure out what was expected of me in that environment.”