Want to find out about starting a career in the creative industry?
The Creative Opportunity Programme is a two-week bespoke pre-employability training programme for young adults living in Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Newham.
Designed and delivered with industry professionals, participants attend careers and skills workshops by some of London’s leading creative and cultural organisations including Sadler’s Wells, Royal Opera House, The Yard Theatre and the Whitechapel Gallery.
Over the two weeks attendees are introduced to live job opportunities in the sector and receive 1-2-1 support and careers guidance to access opportunities.
Watch the video from our 2017 programme here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1THGKUwVxQ
Jade Leatham, Community engagement intern at Sadler’s Wells
After taking part in LLDC’s Creative and Cultural Opportunity Week, dance enthusiast Jade landed an internship at Sadler’s Wells Theatre.
"I’m from Walthamstow and went to De Montfort University in Leicester to study a degree in arts and festival management. My parents got me into music and dance and I learned ballet and piano from an early age. Dance has always been my driving force. It started as a hobby but as I became more and more interested I tried to find ways to make it a career. When I was 20 I got injured, so I decided I wanted to somehow fuse dance and business.
"When I left uni I picked up bits of work – an internship at the Little Children’s Ballet, a part-time job at the Royal Ballet School and worked as a dance teacher. I knew I didn’t have enough experience so decided to try anything to find a route in. I was getting interviews but just couldn’t get a full-time role.
"Then I came across Creative and Cultural Opportunity Week and managed to get a place. It started at Sadler’s Wells and then moved to places like Whitechapel Gallery and Here East.
"There was amazing moral support and really focused on everyone’s individual needs. A lot of us needed that – it was really insightful to have mentors to help you figure out what to do next. It was good to talk to people in similar situations. You create a network just by being there.
"The hardest thing about the arts is getting a foot in the door. The workshop week led to my internship at Sadlers Wells for a six-month community engagement role. I got lots of help with my application and interview practice. My role involved going into local communities and schools and introducing them to dance in different ways. It was impossible not to enjoy it.
"After my internship I had a marathon of interviews and I’ve now secured a role as an international examinations administrator at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. The internship gave me the confidence I needed to push myself to the next level. Lots of people are capable of doing the jobs that are out there – you just need to prove you can actually do it.
"I’m really passionate about getting people engaged in dance and I want to get my enthusiasm across. In the long-term I want to use all my skills and set up my own thing, although I’m not sure what that will be yet."