New toolkit launched to tackle the ‘class crisis’ in the creative industries

01 October 2021

A new toolkit aimed at widening access to the creative industries for people from working class backgrounds has been launched by the Social Mobility Commission this week.

Photographer with film crew on location next to a swimming pool

The Socio-economic Diversity and Inclusion: toolkit for the creative industries has been developed in partnership with businesses from across the creative industries and we were delighted to be involved in its creation. With tailored advice for cultural and creative sector employers, it offers practical support and guidance on how to identify and remove invisible barriers that arise at every stage of the employee journey.

Sara Whybrew, CCSkills Director of Policy and Development who contributed to the toolkit said:
As the UK-wide agency working to create a fair and skilled cultural sector, socio-economic inclusion is at the core of our mission. We work with employers, training providers and careers professionals to create and champion different work-based entry routes that support young people from all backgrounds to make the step into longer term employment. We also work closely with employers to support and encourage the adoption of inclusive approaches to recruitment.  The toolkit provides vital information to our sector to support this mission and in doing so will help us drive the development of a skilled, diverse, and fairly accessed workforce.’

The Social Mobility Commission is hosting a public launch event on Monday 11 October, find out more and book your free place here. 

Our Fair Access Sector Support training has been designed to empower employers to adopt inclusive and lawful recruitment practices which support sector growth and develop a more diverse range of talent. Click here to find out more about our series of training sessions currently available in England and Northern Ireland.