Diversity social enterprise Creative Access has placed its 800th intern.
Established in 2012, Creative Access helps entry level black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) candidates find creative internships and has worked with trade companies including Penguin Random House, Hachette and The Bookseller to place more than 150 interns within the publishing industry.
This week, the not-for-profit social enterprise is celebrating placing its 800th intern, Hamza Jahanzeb, at Pan Macmillan as a digital marketing assistant.
Describing his experience, Jahanzeb said: “Creative Access has been instrumental in allowing me greater knowledge of industry, and I am thoroughly enjoying my internship so far. I didn’t think I’d ever secure a role in publishing and can honestly say I don’t think I would have found a role without Creative Access.”
Anthony Forbes Watson, managing director of Pan Macmillan, said that Creative Access was "simply an inspiration" to the publishing industry.
“More than half of the 13 interns we've welcomed to Pan Macmillan since 2013 have stayed and they are each paired with mentors who benefit enormously from this experience, too", said Forbes Watson. "There's now intense internal competition to secure a Creative Access intern and the general view here is that Creative Access is primarily a way of having really great people apply for jobs who might not otherwise do so, and secondly an instrument for a more diverse workforce."
He added: "Who knows what the future will bring but what I do know with utter certainty is that in three years' time we will be a much more diverse, inclusive and representative community than we are today, and that's down to Creative Access: They are simply an inspiration to us.”
Josie Dobrin, chief executive of Creative Access, said that the social enterprise "continues to go from strength to strength".
"The economic rationale for Creative Access is clear: our sector needs to diversify in order to continue to grow and succeed in serving new markets and new audiences. Thanks to overwhelming industry support we have developed a compelling and effective model which will continue to bring underrepresented talent to the creative sector in order to help better reflect our society.”