Arts Council bans unpaid intern ads!

AWESOME NEWS ABOUT ARTS INTERNSHIPS!

The Arts Council England has posted a public warning to employers recruiting unpaid interns via their jobs website http://www.artsjobs.org.uk. The announcement, featured prominently on the home page and every page, reads:

Unpaid opportunities

We recognise that there is great value in people having access to proper work experience, where it is offered and arranged properly and is a mutually beneficial arrangement, but that this should never be used as a way of attempting to circumvent national minimum wage regulations. Please ensure that your posts are compliant with our terms and conditions. We reserve the right to remove any posts without further notice to you which, in our reasonable judgment, do not comply with the terms and conditions.

Internships in the arts

Arts Council and Creative & Cultural Skills have published these guidelines to help clarify the legal obligations of arts organisations offering internships. Please note that we will not accept postings on Arts Jobs for unpaid internships unless they are part of a recognised further or higher education course.

The Arts Council has also published guidelines to clarify the legal obligations of arts organisations offering internships here.

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Graduate Fog has campaigned against unpaid graduate internships and the site is an awesome source of graduate careers advice – particularly in the arts and media, the two worst offenders when it comes to exploitation of keen, young graduates.

The Arts Council announcement and guidelines are fantastic news!

Arts Council England’s executive director Moira Sinclair said to Graduate Fog:

“The arts in England can only benefit from a wide range of ideas and voices in both artistic and leadership roles. If we don’t create fairer entry routes into the arts workforce we risk closing the door on a new generation of talented leaders from a range of backgrounds, and the arts will suffer.

“That’s why the Arts Council published Internships in the Arts last year, which we hope will help arts organisations offer high quality, paid internship opportunities that don’t put them at risk of legal action. These guidelines reflect the law, rather than create new rules or regulations, and while the Arts Council has no legal authority to find an employer in breach of the law we would encourage all arts organisations to take note of their responsibilities.

“We are working hard to ensure that employment opportunities in the arts are open to all and to build a diverse, highly skilled arts workforce which is why we have also established the Creative Employment Programme.”

Use this job search on Graduate Fog to filter out unpaid graduate positions!