Talent Works gives London College of Communication students paid work with local charities, social enterprises and community groups on a wide range of creative and communications projects.
Over five years, 170 students have worked with 97 organisations. Thanks to funders, all of our clients received the work at no cost.
In 2020, Trust for London awarded funding from their Stronger Voices programme for a new Talent Works programme. Talent Works connects London College of Communication and Camberwell students and staff with 16 community groups recruited and selected by Community Southwark.
This Talent Works initiative aims to support Southwark projects that are addressing poverty and inequality, with a particular focus on groups who may have been adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Teams of students supported by industry mentors and College staff will work with the groups to deliver effective digital communication tools to help them get their message across.
What we've done
Talent Works has built websites, run social media campaigns, created new branding, made films, taken photographs, designed print and digital materials, and written stories.
In 2017, we added training for the students, prototyping with 12 students a project that has been scaled up in 2018. 51 students were trained in web design, build and publishing, and in client management, before being matched to 25 organisations who needed a new website.
In December 2018, March 2019 and July 2019 a multi-discipline team of around 30 students worked intensively on up to 18 briefs. They made films and animations, built websites, designed print materials, created social media assets, and advised on strategy.
Generously hosted by Workspace Group at their Kennington Park location, the studio was also supported by volunteers from MullenLowe London, Pulse Films, Collider, Wolf and Player, Drum OMG, SampsonMay, ForPeople, St Luke’s, Trunk, Fat Toad Films, IDEO, Engine Service Design, Good Agency and Weber Shandwick.
Why develop Talent Works?
We discovered that local social enterprises, charities and community groups find it difficult to access high-quality communications talent to help them grow. Students, especially from disadvantaged backgrounds, can struggle to get their first paid work – the job that may kick-start their career. Talent Works is designed to address these two challenges.
Talent Works has helped a wide range of organisations, both large and small, new and established, mostly based in Southwark and Lambeth.
We’ve been supported by Trust for London, The Wakefield and Tetley Trust, Bermondsey Square Community Fund and Workspace Group, and have worked closely with Community Southwark, United St Saviours and Hatch Enterprise.
Talent Works continues to develop, learning from and building on success so that the programme can support more students and more local organisations.
We’re particularly looking for creative industry professionals who can support students taking part in Talent Works as volunteer mentors.