It will run from May-October 2018.
The pilot scheme will work with young people across the West Midlands who have demonstrated they are competent in a range of technical and professional areas associated with entry level creative roles across the creative industries.
Participants selected will be registered self-employed.
The participants will be showcased via an on-line profile. As part of the pilot participants will be supported on a regular basis with mentoring and skills to enhance their offer into the freelance creative market.
Whilst the pilot cannot promise regular work it is hoped that each participant will be able to secure a range of opportunities both in type and length of duration during the pilot.
Participants and participating companies and organisations will adhere to an agreed code of practice for the pilot.
This will include that the hourly rate will be as a minimum the current age specific living wage for the working participant. We would also expect that the minimum time offered to the participants for work would be for one day but obviously that can increase as needed.
Regular reviews will take place with each participant during the pilot and a full report and evaluation produced once the pilot is completed.
“I would definitely look at this platform if I needed new freelancers, having already recruited similar talent through the Producers’ Forum in recent months. I’m sure it goes without saying but depending on the nature and size of the project, depends on who or what we need.
In essence it’s like the Creative England Crew Database, except that the Forum is screening people. People can’t simply register and say whatever they want. That’s the selling point for me!”
– Michael Ford from Infinite Wisdom