STEP: A Creative Industry Open to Everyone

Seeking London-based creative, cultural & tech organisations to support talented young Londoners this Spring 2023

We’re on the search for East London-based or facing organisations to partner with us on STEPa year-long shared training and employment programme co-designed with industry partners including Bow Arts, Sadler’s Wells and UAL London College of Fashion, and delivered at the Good Growth Hub.

STEP’s mission is to build collaboration between talented young East Londoners and creative, cultural and tech businesses operating in or for the area; as a result, facilitating pathways towards inclusive growth and enabling access to careers. Our vision is not only for increased representation in these sectors, but for more sustainable career progression.

STEP connects young people aged 18-30 who live and went to school in the London Boroughs of Newham, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest with employers operating on their doorstep.  

We’re looking for employers who are interested in developing a meaningful entry-level training role within their business, and those committed to achieving positive change, increasing representation, fuelling creativity in their business practice, and paying the London Living Wage.  Employers will be supported by our experienced team to develop their training placement and will receive advice and guidance on creating inclusive cultures and good working practices. Employers will also join a growing network of line managers and senior leaders, sharing learning and supporting one another on their journey towards inclusive growth within their business. The Good Growth Hub will facilitate robust and meaningful local outreach and create a shared talent pool for recruitment of all STEP roles.   

We’re now accepting expressions of interest from local organisations to join the programme as an employer in April 2023.

Find out more

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the programme before submitting your expression of interest, you can download our STEP partner pack or get in touch:

Book a call or meeting with one of the team

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STEP is part of the Good Growth Hub programme. Its founding partners are Bow Arts, Sadler’s Wells and UAL London College of Fashion. Recent partners include BBC, East London Dance, The Film Office, 3 Mills Studios, PRETTYBIRD, Rosetta Arts, UAL London College of Fashion, UCL, V&A and Worldwide FM.  

The Good Growth Hub is part of the London Legacy Development Corporation’s plan to connect businesses surrounding east London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with local talent through a wide range of employment, skills, and enterprise activities and programmes. The Hub is funded by the LLDC with investment from the Foundation for Future London, through the East Bank Partnerships’ New Talent Future Leaders programme towards the growth of STEP and other projects. The Good Growth Hub is operated by A New Direction.  

Find out more about Good Growth Hub

Image top left: STEP 3 (2019). Photography by Eric Aydin-Barberini