The new service builds on the most successful aspects of the former Pathways to Arts and Cultural Experience (PACE) programme. Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage and the Ministry for Social Development have partnered to pilot the service.
“COVID-19 has been tough on many creative people in New Zealand, who are often self-employed contractors and freelancers relying on non-creative work for income”, Carmel Sepuloni said.
“The Creative Careers Service recognises the importance of supporting people to pursue their creative ambitions, and to retain or regain employment without needing to go onto a benefit.” The service is for MSD job seekers in the pilot regions, recent creative graduates who are outside the benefit system, as well as creative sector workers who have had their work opportunities reduced due to COVID-19.
The pilot is initially being delivered by Depot Artspace in North and Central Auckland, Ngahere Communities in South Auckland, and The Big Idea in East and West Auckland.
Participants will benefit from learning how to apply complementary skills in the areas of business management, contract negotiation, marketing, networking, applying for funding, and linking people to employment opportunities.
Creative Waikato will be offering the service from Monday 22 February, with plans to also extend the pilot to Nelson in early March. Eligible participants will be able to sign up for the programme from February 2021.
Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture provides advice on arts, culture, heritage and broadcasting issues in consultation with government ministers. They review legislation, major policy proposals and developments that have significance to the sector.
Picture credits: Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage and Social Development Carmel Sepuloni. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly.