Shoreditch Trust, in partnership with the University of the Arts London, has developed a Creative Mentoring project working with young people from east London and creative organisations based in Shoreditch.
The Trust developed the pilot project as part of their Skills for Life programme which works with local people to offer work based training opportunities in key growth industries including catering, the creative economy and the public health sector.
This year’s pilot project saw ten young people complete six month placements with organisations and practitioners in film, animation, fine art, graphic design, architecture and event programming.
In 2012, the Creative Mentoring project culminated in the Forgotten Games exhibition as part of Shoreditch Festival's Hoxton Street Party.
Shoreditch Trust and UAL’s Widening Participation department have worked in partnership on a number of projects recognising the value of academic process and engaging young people directly with creative industries.
The project aims to give young people an understanding of the processes of design and creative thinking – with clear links to educational paths.