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1 March 2019

Bauer Academy, Collage Arts and JPMorgan Chase Foundation Announce “This Is Me: Creative London”

The Bauer Academy, Bauer Media’s Government approved training and education business, has announced an exciting new project in collaboration with training provider Collage Arts, and supported by JPMorgan’s Chase Foundation.

“This is Me: Creative London” will see 200 unemployed 16-30 year old Londoners benefit from fully funded, industry-led training and work experience opportunities within the creative industries.  This will include training and placements within Bauer Media, one of the world’s most successful media companies and home to iconic brands including KISS, Absolute Radio, Grazia and Empire.

The programme is designed to significantly improve the employability of participants. Courses will vary in duration from 2 to 12 weeks, with some incorporating a formal qualification. The training will be delivered by industry experts from The Bauer Academy and Collage Arts with content including radio, magazines, digital and social – with a strong focus on employability, creativity and innovation skills.

“This is Me: Creative London” aims to progress at least 60% of its participants in to employment.

Hang Ho, Head of Global Philanthropy EMEA and LATAM at JPMorgan Chase Foundation said: “Young People across London, regardless of their starting point in life and the barriers they may have faced, should be supported to embark on good quality professional careers with real prospects for the future. As a firm with strong ties to London, we’re committed to ensuring that the Capitals growth and prosperity is felt by all sections of the community. We believe Creative London will have a positive impact on the young people the programme will support.”

Manoj Ambasna, Executive Director, Collage Arts adds:  “We are delighted to receive support from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation Collage Arts is a centre of excellence for supporting talented young Londoners into jobs or as entrepreneurs and we have a strong track record in working in collaboration with the creative sector. There has never been a more important time for young people in London to hear the message that they can shape their destinies and that with hard work and determination their talent can offer them a very bright future indeed.”

Courtnay McLeod, Director, The Bauer Academy: “We are hugely excited to be working with JPMorgan Chase Foundation to build and expand on a long-standing partnership with Collage Arts. This grant will allow us to continue to make a significant difference to some of the young people in London who need it the most, and to find diverse new talent for employers across the creative sector including Bauer Media.

“This is Me (Creative London)” follows on from Making Creativity Work, a programme funded by the European Social Fund that saw over 1,200 Unemployed Londoners through the doors of The Bauer Academy, Collage Arts and a number of other training partners, with 466 of these individuals successfully progressing in to employment or Apprenticeships.

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For Further information:

Sian Collins, Senior Commercial Communications Executive, Bauer Media – 07718 124 791 

About Bauer Media UK:

Bauer Media UK reaches over 25 million UK consumers through a portfolio of world-class, multi-platform media and entertainment brands including heat, KISS, Grazia, Empire, Magic, Absolute Radio and the Hits Radio Network. These brands offer commercial partners access to highly engaged audiences, with creative solutions underpinned by insight and instinct. Bauer Media UK is part of the Bauer Media Group, one of the world’s largest privately owned media businesses with media assets all over the globe.

About Bauer Media Group:

The Bauer Media Group is one of the world’s most successful media companies. We embrace tradition while still keeping our finger on the pulse. Our people create magazines, digital formats, and radio on four continents. With more than 700 magazines, 400 digital products, and 100+ radio stations, we inform and entertain millions of people every day. Simultaneously, we are shaping tomorrow: with investments in online comparison platforms and other young business models, we are setting the course for a successful future as a global portfolio company.

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