Digital and Creative work placements - can you help?

Bolton has a thriving creative and digital sector grown from considerable talent and determination.  This includes a significant numbers of writers, visual artists, musicians, designer- makers and a nationally acclaimed theatre, The Octagon. The town also has an increasing number of web design, telecoms, computer consultancy, marketing and creative agencies gaining awards and business from around the world. Bolton’s Creative and Digital Sectors are expanding as part of the GM Creative Hub, which is the 2nd largest hub after London in the UK. The Creative Economy is now accepted as an important contributor to the development of towns and cities in terms of place making, identity and economic growth.  Creative Industries comprise advertising and marketing, architecture, design, film and TV, publishing, music, arts and digital/tech sectors and is currently a high growth area.

Supporting the sector and its growth is Bolton’s work and skills Partnership, Team Bolton. The Partnership works with employers to ensure all Bolton residents have access to improved training, skills and local employment opportunities to deliver our Economic Strategy.  Members include  Bolton Council, Job Centre Plus, Work Programme providers, Bolton at Home, Bolton College; Bolton Sixth From College, Schools Training Providers and the University of Bolton.

Employers are working with us to build up a picture of the skills that are required now and those that will be needed to meet future needs of local creative and digital businesses to ensure employment options are always available to all our residents and Bolton can thrive as change happens.

Work placement schemes provide opportunities and benefits to both individuals and employers. For those wishing to enter the Creative Industries they provide an insight into the industry, improve individual’s skills and support informed career choices. For employers, they are an opportunity to improve the skills of new entrants to the industry, raise the profile of career opportunities available within the organisation and develop management skills for existing staff. Guidelines for businesses can be found at Creative Skillset

If you are a Creative or Digital business based in the Bolton area and would like to learn more about how companies and education are working together to nurture creative skills and talent please contact, Business Bolton on 01204 334066 or email, alternatively further information is shown below.

Bolton College students age 16-18yrs are looking for experience in Art, Design and Media, Computing and IT, Media Make-Up and Performing Arts. To find out more contact the Work Experience Team on 01204 482954 email them at or visit

Bolton 6th Form College learners have skills in A’Level and BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design which can get on board with anything from fine art, hand crafted or one off work to tags, cards, gift paper, flyers, posters, billboards, artwork for advertisements, photography and can work with local artists on collaborative projects.

Contact Gillian Vipond, email or Debbie Wynne or telephone  01204 846215.

University of Bolton has launched the Bolton Business Gateway for students at all levels to work closely with businesses under professional supervision on specific projects using university facilities, on placements within a business or to work as part of your team as an intern for a fixed period of time. The Schools of Arts and School of Creative Technologies cover a broad range of learning from gaming and graphics to special effects, computing and music/film production as well as creative writing, media and performing arts to visual arts and textiles/surface design.

For information on working with the University on live briefs, placements and internships contact the Career’s Service on 01204 903080 or email

The Workshop have a dedicated team of professional Learning Mentors who are promoting ‘Skills for Employment’ throughout Bolton and looking for employers who would be willing to offer ‘Unpaid Work Placements’ for 16 hours a week over an 8 week period. If you can offer a Work Placement to a Bolton resident who is looking for work, please contact Kerrie Clark Tel:  01204 332969 or email

To discuss any aspect of the above please email or telephone 01204 334066

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