We work with The Prince's Trust Enterprise Programme to offer 18 to 30-year-olds 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 Enterprise Programme, 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.

If you’re 18 to 30, living in the UK and unemployed, or working fewer than 16 hours a week, and have a craft business, the Creative Careers programme could be for you. For more information please email imogen@cockpitarts.com


2017 / 2018 Cohort

We are pleased to welcome three more makers onto this innovative programme; joining us are Tessy Cooper (jeweller), Elise Gustilo (millinery) and Aisling Duffy (textile designer).


2016 / 2017 Cohort

Year 7 participants were Anisha Mistry (jeweller), Harriet Frances Stiles (embroidery) and Onomé Otite (textile artist).


2015 / 2016 Cohort

dovileb_jewellery_workshop 2 - CopyYear 6 participants were jeweller Dovile Bertulyte (pictured), textile designer Olashia Burke and book-binder Megan Turner-Jones.

Read about Dovile Bertulyte’s journey here


2014 / 2015 Cohort

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


2013 / 2014 Cohort

Cockpit Arts - Alun Callender PhotographyYear 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.

Read about Sarah Marafie’s journey here


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 were awarded a further year’s support by The Worshipful Company of Drapers.


2011 / 2012 Cohort

Participants in 2011/12 included jeweller Lenique Louis, leather designer Johnette Taylor, and bridal headdress designer Stacey Dee Robertson.

‘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.’ – Lenique Louis


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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