7th February 2018

Cockpit Arts is honoured to have been selected as a host organisation for The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme enabling us to welcome a new member of staff. Former University of Hertfordshire student Maxine Clark is starting work at Cockpit Arts after landing a place on a prestigious nationwide programme promoting new talent in the arts.

Maxine is one of just 40 recent graduates from around the country picked to receive a Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary. She will spend 12 months working as Special Projects Co-ordinator at Cockpit Arts as a paid placement in line with Living Wage Foundation guidelines.

Cockpit’s CEO, Vanessa Swann said: “We’re really excited to have Maxine working with us and to be part of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme. Making sure we have access to the widest pool of talent is absolutely vital to the success of individual organisations like ours and to the arts as a whole.”

The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries programme was set up in 2010 to help arts organisations provide an alternative to the unpaid internships which favour graduates from more privileged backgrounds and act as a gateway into the sector for up 88% of young people working in the arts today. Through it, Jerwood Charitable Foundation and its partners seek to change the socio-economic barriers that skilled

Now in its third edition, the programme has proved hugely successful on all fronts, with 60% of employers in the programme’s second edition extending contracts with placements, or making them permanent, once the actual bursary ended and 98% of hosts considering ways in which they can target future job opportunities towards low income graduates.

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