We work with The Prince's Trust to offer previously unemployed young people a gateway to a career in craft.

Cockpit Arts / The Prince’s Trust Creative Careers Programme

“The Cockpit Arts Creative Careers Programme is a best practice progression route for our clients who wish to establish self employment in crafts. It is proven to develop entrepreneurship and skill and to sustain the businesses beyond the initial support.”  – Mike Nelson, Programme Manager Enterprise & Awards, The Prince’s Trust

Launched in 2010, our Creative Careers programme now runs annually, in partnership with The Prince’s Trust, as a gateway to a professional career in craft and design. Participants are integrated into Cockpit Arts’ professional working environment, while craft mentors provide aspirational role models.

2015 / 2016 Cohort

dovileb_jewellery_workshop 2 - CopyWe are pleased to welcome three more makers onto this innovative programme; joining us are jeweller Dovile Bertulyte (pictured), textile designer Olashia Burke and book-binder Megan Turner-Jones.


2014 / 2015 Cohort

Year 5 participants included Jenny Espirito Santo (textiles); Marion Labbez (architectural glass) and Egle Vaituleviciute (knitwear).

2013 / 2014 Cohort

Year 4 participants included Sarah Marafie (jewellery), Chloe Owens (textiles and ceramics), Zoe Powell (textiles) and Mary Zreik (fashion and textiles). The Drapers’ Charitable Fund supported Cockpit Arts to provide a further year of support for these participants, enabling them to continue their journey towards sustainable self-employment.

2012 / 2013 Cohort

The Year 3 cohort comprised Libby McMullin (cards), Natasha Nelson (hand made cards); Charlene Grandison (leather bags and accessories) and Crystal Griffiths (dolls). Natasha, Charlene and Crystal have been awarded a further year’s support by The Worshipful Company of Drapers. Read their success stories here:

CCNatasha-NelsonNatasha Nelson

Natasha Nelson’s business idea was born while helping to organise special events for her family and friends. She realised she had a flare for making bespoke stationery and favours and started to create personalised handmade cards.

Read about Natasha’s Journey

CCCharlene-Grandison1Charlene Grandison

C Grand London is a big, bright, bold fashion brand specialising in unique leather accessories. The label is the brainchild of Charlene Grandison, the daughter of a dressmaker who says she has always been “fascinated and inspired by the principles of dressmaking”. She graduated from Middlesex University in 2007 with a BA in Applied Arts with the dream of launching her own conceptual British fashion label.

Read about Charlene’s Journey

CCCrystal-Griffiths1Crystal Griffiths

Cashaloola is a range of quirky soft sculptural animals each with its own distinct personality. Finished to the highest quality by their creator Crystal Griffiths, these limited edition ‘dolls’ are currently strutting their hand-embroidered stuff in the window of Susannah Hunter, a luxury leather handbag boutique in Bloomsbury, London.

Read more about Crystal’s Journey

2011 / 2012 Cohort

Participants in 2011/12 included jeweller Lenique Louis, leather designer Johnette Taylor, and bridal headdress designer Stacey Dee Robertson. Says Lenique Louis: ‘Since I have been at Cockpit Arts I have become more professional, organised and serious about where I want to take my business in the next few years. My self-confidence and business have gone from strength to strength.’ Read their success stories here:

CCLeniique-head-shot copyLenique Louis

Like gorgeous chunks of gold-encrusted coral, Lenique Louis’ rings have become sought-after statement pieces that sell in London and New York. Yet just three years ago, their creator Lenique was struggling to find work.

Read more about Lenique’s Journey

CCJohnette-Taylor copyJohnette Taylor

Johnette’ Taylor creates leather accessories that offer old-fashioned quality with a modern twist. Under her brand name nette’, Johnette’ has created leather goods that not only look good, but are also functional: bags for cyclists, ipad and camera cases and laptop carriers.

Read more about Johnette’s Journey

CCStacey-Robertson1 copyStacey Robertson

Scottish designer Stacey Robertson makes bespoke and ready-to-wear bridal headdresses. Each piece is carefully hand crafted using materials such as embroidered lace, beading, feathers and vintage finds to give a unique look.

Read more about Stacey’s Journey

Support Creative Careers

Our long term aim for Cockpit Arts is to become 100% self sustainable; generating surpluses in order to cover the cost of further similar programmes. However, we currently need to raise additional charitable income to support the continuation of the Creative Careers programme.

If you would be interested in helping to support young people starting a career in craft and would like to partner with us, please contact Vanessa Swann, Chief Executive, on 020 7419 1962 for an informal discussion.

Current Supporters

We are grateful to the Santander Foundation for its support of the Programme in 2014/15.

In 2013/14 the Programme was generously supported by The Worshipful Company of Drapers, The Newby Trust, The Goldsmiths’ Company, The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation and Santander Foundation

In 2011/2012 it was supported by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Camden Recycling Ltd.

In 2010/2011 Creative Careers was funded by the 2012 Cultural Skills Fund.

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