Today, Catch22 launches a new partnership between Stonewall and TikTok Creative Academy. The programme will help LGBTQ+ young people explore their creative career journeys, develop the practical skills to navigate the industry as LGBTQ+ people, and offers access to creative networks and mentors.
Stonewall are also providing training internally to Catch22 employability teams, to inform all staff on the importance of creating inclusive practices both within the workplace and in operational delivery.
TikTok Creative Academy is a programme that is delivered by Catch22, in partnership with TikTok. The programme is engaging over 2,400 young people across the UK who are facing barriers to employment. The programme nurtures their creative talent and connects them to sustainable opportunities in local creative industries.
Stonewall is a leading UK Charity that stands for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and ace (LGBTQ+) people everywhere. Stonewall imagine a world where all LGBTQ+ people are free to be themselves and can live their lives to the full.
Christina Hicks, Assistant Director of Employability at Catch22, said:
“We are delighted to be working with Stonewall on the TikTok Creative Academy, to deliver pre-employability support to LGBTQ+ young people looking to move into a career in the creative industries. Representation matters, and it’s more important than ever that young creatives in the LGBTQ+ community are able to access opportunities to move into long-term, sustainable careers.”
Adam Barkes, Stonewall Associate Director of Education, Youth and Sport, said:
“We are thrilled to be working with Catch22 and TikTok on the Creative Academy project for LGBTQ+ young people across the UK. We know that LGBTQ+ young people are fundamental to the creative industries: this project is vital in breaking down the barriers that they face. This partnership will support LGBTQ+ young people to develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to successfully navigate their future careers.”