UCL East


UCL welcomes its second STEP trainee

2 December 2019

Mohammed Rahman joins the UCL East Engagement Team through the Shared Training and Employment Programme (STEP), a traineeship programme aimed at making the arts and culture sector more accessible to young east Londoners.

Picture of STEP Trainee Mohammed Rahman

The UCL Community Engagement team is delighted to welcome Mohammed Rahman, one of its STEP trainees for 2019-2020. Mohammed joined the team in the Middle of November and will be training with us for the next 6 months, after which he will transfer to Foundation for Future London (FFL) for the remainder of the 12-month programme. During his placement, Mohammed will be working with the Community Engagement Team, Exhibitions, and Schools Engagement, with a focus on supporting our work in east London

STEP is a programme run by Create Jobs and Creative Access to provide opportunities for young East Londoners interested in careers in the arts and cultural sector. The programme includes two 6-month placements for 14 young east Londoners from the Olympic boroughs of Newham, Waltham Forest, Hackney and Tower Hamlets. The placements offered this year included varying roles across UCL Culture, Sadler’s Wells, FFL, BBC Proms, London College of Fashion, Worldwide FM, the V&A and other world-class institutions- all of which will be involved in developing the East Bank, a creative and cultural hub located in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Mohammed is a recent graduate from SOAS, University of London where he received his BA in Social Anthropology in 2018. He comes to UCL Culture after being involved with the STEP into the Smithsonian programme, also run by Create Jobs, which took place in May-June 2019 and allowed young east Londoners an insight into the Smithsonian through an intensive series of talks, meetings and tours in Washington D.C.

Mohammed feels strongly about involving the local community in the planning and workforce of East Bank and believes more opportunities like STEP should be available. With a background in anthropology and youthwork as well as being an artist and writer, Mohammed is very excited to expand his skills and network with this life-changing opportunity, and hopes it will equip him for a career in museums and galleries.

Find out about the STEP programme on the Create Jobs website.