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What is Breakthrough?

The Breakthrough programme is a paid 6-month (26 weeks) training and work-based learning programme run by our team at Artswork. Breakthrough will run from 23 September 2024 to 28 March 2025. The young person’s wage, employer NI contributions, and auto-enrollment pension contributions are covered by Artswork's funding from Arts Council England, along with additional training to support their confidence and professionalism in the workplace. The main goal of Breakthrough is to provide entry routes into the creative industry for 16-25 year olds who are struggling to find meaningful employment.

Who are we looking for? 

You are an Arts and Creative organisation committed to encouraging diversity and inclusion in the workplace. By participating in the Breakthrough, you can tap into a pool of diverse young talent and contribute to the creative industry's development. At Artswork, we believe that embracing diverse young voices leads to enhanced creativity and innovation which will encourage positive change within creative sectors. Throughout the programme, you will receive support and resources to ensure rewarding and enriching experience for both your organisation and the young people involved. 

What does this mean for you?  

It is an opportunity for you to infuse fresh, new perspectives and an all-important youth voice into your team in exchange for giving talented young people the initial steps towards a rewarding creative career. In the past, employers experienced increased confidence in employing young people. “The Breakthrough programme gave me the confidence and freedom to employ the right young people without the red tape normally involved in recruiting.” Past employers also said that they would recommend the Breakthrough to others, commenting “You can be part of breaking down the barriers to entry for young people seeking creative careers.”

Here at Artswork we believe that all young people have great potential; they just need the opportunity to prove it. 



Join us in creating meaningful opportunities for young people seeking careers in the creative industry.

Our expression of interest opportunity for 2024 has now closed, but we will be running this programme again in 2025. If your organisation would be interested in taking part next year, please email us with any questions you may have at 


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