STEP is a programme for young east Londoners looking to start a career in the creative sector, offering young people the opportunity to have paid work across two different professional areas, as well specialist skills training and mentoring. The Fashion District will shortly be launching STEP into Fashion. It helps those people involved to develop the networks, skills and experience they need, while also helping organisations find talented local employees. STEP is funded and developed by the London Legacy Development Corporation, supported by founding partners Bow Arts, Sadler’s Wells, and UAL’s London College of Fashion.The Creative and Cultural Opportunities Programme has Sadler’s Wells, the V&A and UCL's as key partners, and aims to connect local young Londoners to creative and cultural organisations through masterclasses, workshops and training sessions to support them with starting a career in the creative industries. Participants also get 121 advice and guidance as well as job opportunities and application support.
Local schools are already benefitting from the work of the East Bank partners. Sadler’s Wells is working with 12 Associate Schools based in east London, all of which are offered workshops, masterclasses and theatre visits. The BBC is working with schools in east London as part of the Ten Pieces project, introducing children to classical music. UCL engineering students are providing tutoring in 10 local primary and secondary schools. And UAL’s London College of Fashion is running a range of programmes including their Schools Innovation Challenge – won in 2019 by Stormont House School in Hackney – and after school Fashion Clubs at Chobham Academy.In addition, every year, hundreds of local 13-16 year olds take part in the free EAST Summer School, where East Bank partners help bring some amazing experiences and new careers to life for them! 2019 saw the BBC teaching sound engineering; UAL s London College of Fashion promoting sustainable fashion; UCL showcasing architecture and engineering; Sadler’s Wells delivering African dance and hip hop theatre workshops; and the V&A exploring activism and game design.For more information about the Park’s education and schools work, visit our EAST Education pages.
Through East Bank’s construction, the Park offers a wide range of apprenticeships, jobs and intensive introductory courses for local residents. Whether you want to start as an apprentice today and become the managing director of tomorrow or you’re interested in digital engineering, formwork or groundwork, there’s something for everyone. To find out more, visit our East Works pages or email: [email protected].
The East Bank partners are already involved in the Park’s community events – as well as extending their own events into east London. For the most up-to-date information, visit our What’s On page.
The Great Get Together
10,000 local residents come together on the Park every year for our fantastic free summer community event! All of our East Bank partners are involved in making this a great day out – from workshops and performances, to arts and crafts activities and chill out spaces!
The partners are already working on projects with local people and businesses such as EAST Education, which is raising aspiration and attainment in an area with one of the youngest populations in the country. Summer schools, classroom activities and events based around arts, music, science, fashion and technology will equip young people with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to take advantage of the jobs and opportunities being created.
The project will touch the lives of everyone living on, working in and visiting the Park – find out more about what’s already going on below.