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Solihull CEP are delighted to have joined United by 2022 as a GEN22 Grassroots Partner!

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Solihull CEP are working in partnership with United by 2022 to develop and deliver 5 week-long workplace incubators, to give young people (aged 16-24) the opportunity to experience the creative industries.

What is an incubator?

In short, it is an intensive work experience opportunity, which is designed to mimic the pressures and opportunities of real careers in the creative and cultural industries.

The 5 incubators will be:
Led by Caroline Officer
29th July - 2nd August
Led by Tiger Features

14th - 18th October
Led by Liz Birch
12th - 16th August
Visual Arts
Led by Art At The Heart

19th - 23rd August (with potential for 2nd week)
Led by Calico Theatre

28th October - 1st November

Throughout our work as a CEP, we are constantly asked for valuable work experience in the arts that doesn't just mean working on the cafe at your local theatre. Young people tell us they want to be valued as professionals, and find opportunities that create real routes into the professional sector. 

Each incubator will allow 8-10 young people (age 16-24) to collaborate on a specifically tailored programme with unique outcomes. This includes the development of a new theatre show, film, music performance or public art piece for example.

Young people will be recruited from a diverse range of backgrounds from across Solihull, and we are accepting both referrals and applications to take part in the project. Any young people who come to us via a direct referral are guaranteed an interview.

A key aim of the project will be to maximise engagement from NEETS, Young People at risk of offending and those from lower socio-economic groups, so we will also be working with Youth services, Alternative Provisions and West Midlands Police to give the opportunity to harder to reach young people in the borough.

The project is being led by the Solihull CEP youth board.

For more information on each incubator and the professionals leading them, read our detailed information pack:


If you are a youth service provider, teacher or work with young people, make a referral here:

If you are a young person interested in taking part in one of our incubators, apply here:

As part of this project, we have a recruited a Young Producer, who will be working with us to develop and deliver these incubators successfully.

Chantelle can be contacted at

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