Creative Employment pilot – bidding opportunity

Primary interest
Voluntary sector

Reading Borough Council seeks to appoint an organisation or consultant to develop and run a Creative Employment pilot project as part of Reading, Place of Culture.

For a copy of the full brief including submission requirements and background documents for context, please contact Lara Stavrinou, Cultural Development Officer, by emailing The closing date for submissions is 5pm on 23 May 2018.

About Reading, Place of Culture

Reading Borough Council, Reading UK CIC and Reading University are jointly delivering ‘Reading, Place of Culture’ in order to put culture at the heart of planning for the future of the town. This programme aims to enhance Reading’s cultural offer, help drive economic growth and improve quality of life for people in Reading. This 3 year Great Place Scheme is funded by a new and innovative collaboration between the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Historic England and Reading is one of only 16 places in England selected to participate. The aim is to make Reading a better place to live, work and visit, with a culture of collaboration across sectors, where caring for and engaging people is achieved in partnership between the public, private and voluntary sector.

About the Creative Employment pilot

We want to see young people (under the age of 18)  supported into creative and diverse opportunities that give them knowledge and experience of what working in the cultural sector is like. The aim of the pilot is to provide an understanding of what opportunities are currently being offered in Reading, where avenues for development lie and to set up and embed more opportunities for young people who wish to gain creative employment experience.

Scope of the work

The scope of the work is to review existing creative employment opportunities, consult with young people, and deliver new opportunities that are aligned with the Reading, Place of culture aims. This will take the form of work experience placements for young people under 18 years of age. The aim is to understand young people’s grasp of the creative sector, how they are gaining access to opportunities, how they are being reached, and where gaps in provision lie. We are interested in engaging young people who may not otherwise participate in cultural opportunities and who may not be aware of employment possibilities.

The appointee will work with Reading Borough Council’s Cultural Development officer and the Cultural Education Partnership to identify what opportunities young people are currently able to access in Reading. They will also consult with at least four groups of young people in order to gain their input for recommendations. These young people should be reflective of Reading’s diversity, and be from both mainstream and targeted settings (e.g. schools, Pupil referral units, referral organisations).

The creative employment opportunities delivered should engage at least 30 young people. This could, for example, involve young people setting up and running an event to run alongside a pre-existing festival or training young people to document cultural activities and interview participants. Opportunities should tie in to the wider arts, culture and heritage sector in Reading. For example, with Reading-on-Thames festival, who are a Reading, Place of Culture partner.

Ideas proposed need not be finalised, as we understand that they need to be shaped partly in consultation with young people. They should, however, have clear target participants, appropriate partners and potential delivery avenues. Proposals should be replicable, with monitoring and evaluation of the young people’s experience built in to the process.

The project should be delivered within the next 6 months, with a timeline clearly stating when activities will take place.


As part of the submission, applicants should submit a quote for all elements of the work, including expenses. Quotes over the sum of £6,000 will not be considered.

Further information

Please contact Lara Stavrinou, Cultural Development Officer, by emailing