Collage Arts


Do you Aspire-2 work in the creative sector?

  • Are you aged 16 -19 and living in London?
  • Are you currently not in education, employment or training – or coming to the end of your current job or studies?
If you answered yes to all of these questions – then one of the Collage Arts training places could be for you.
[If you want to work in sports and leisure, fashion and retail, hospitality, ICT or enterprise then one of our partners may be able to help you instead]

If you are an eligible young person and you are selected for Aspire-2 we will create a learning programme specific to you.  So don’t worry if you haven’t liked other learning programmes or school – this will be very different!   Once our team has helped you identify the help you need, your learning programme will be built around a series of creative projects.  You will get life skills, support, mentoring, advice and guidance along the way.

This will all help you move towards a Creative Apprenticeship that will help you build your career which may include: promoting and presenting live events; working in the music business; working as a technician in music, live events or theatre; working in film and media; sharing your arts skills to help others be more creative; designing and/or making posters, products, clothes or jewellery and much more….

What will the training lead to? 

At Collage Arts we will harnesses your creativity and talents.  We will help you to develop your confidence, team-working and leadership skills.

Will it help me earn a living doing something I love?

You will take part and lead arts activities, like some work recently completed by our students in visual arts, photography and media – available on our project website

You will work towards showcasing your talents including everything you learn during the programme.  You may get qualifications but you will get a real opportunity to get a job (often with training) further education, self-employment or volunteering in the creative industries. All of which will help move you closer to your goal of earning your living in the creative sector and being the person you

If you want to make work like this and you are eligible for – talk to our Learning team today on 020 8829 8900 or email runs until December 2014.

What makes the partnership unique?

Every partner in the project has been selected on the basis of their continued success of working with young people.  Collage Arts can help you find which one of the 800 opportunities is right for you…

A partnership of experts – training, guidance, welfare and support agencies– form an innovative delivery team led by Collage Arts, with WAC Performing Arts and Media College, Rinova, TAG – Transforming a Generation, Fashion Capital, Princes Trust, 15billion, Metropolitan Housing Trust, Exemplas, Wandsworth Lifelong Learning, Westminster Kingsway College, Kensington & Chelsea College, City & Islington College.

Each has developed a tried and tested model of working with young people who are disengaged from learning and working opportunities. The partners are already working in 30 boroughs and between them operate out of 66 venues – so most young people in London are already close to one of the venues in a policy context

Young Londoners are more highly qualified than their peers around the country yet also less likely to be employed. But a consortium of training organisations, led by Collage Arts in Haringey, has won funding to help find new jobs and work experience to bring employment to over 800 young people in the capital. is a training for work programme funded by the European Social Fund and Skills Funding Agency.

People with learning disabilities, young parents, young people who have offended and young people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds who are currently under-represented in many of the targeted sectors, will be particularly welcome. Young people from these backgrounds will make up a significant percentage of 800 people being supported through mentoring, information and guidance to help them overcome the challenges they have faced to date.

The programme is mainly targeting jobs in the voluntary and private sector, but some young people will become self-employed. helps to address the well-being of the young people – ensuring that they can budget, cook and stay fit and healthy to maximize their potential to flourish in the work place. We start with an accurate assessment of the young persons’ needs.  We then actively exploiting the opportunities and expertise afforded by the agencies working collaboratively to respond to the young persons development needs and aptitudes.

Contact us if you would like to become a partner of Collage Arts and work on joint projects.  A copy of our Youth Projects Sub-contracting policy is available here.

This project is co-financed by the European Social Fund and Skills Funding Agency



What other youth projects are we involved with?

Collage Arts is the lead delivery partner in North London for the Talent Match London programme – led by London Youth and funded by Big Lottery Fund.  The programme focusses on bridging the gap between unemployment and work by helping young Londoners aged 18-24 harness their talents whilst developing their skills, capabilities and professional networks to sustain a productive career.

Collage Arts is also a delivery partner in the South-West London cluster project – TRANSITIONS – led by Wandsworth Lifelong Learning.  The project focuses on positive activities for young people (aged 16-19) living in South-West London who are NEET (or at risk) and supports them into further education, employment and apprenticeships.  This project is co-financed by European Social Fund, Young Peoples Learning Agency and managed by the Skills Funding Agency.

Some useful reading from our previous youth employability project ARTWORK:

Artwork project: Final Evaluation Report – pdf

This project offered a range of creative activities, support, advice and guidance for 16 to 18 year olds over the past 2 years. Funded by Skills Funding Agency/Learning & Skills Council and European Social Fund.