Worklessness and the Local Economy

The Museum of East Anglian Life (MEAL) has helped support 140 learners to gain valuable qualifications through their work-based learning programme.  In order to analyse the impact this programme has on learners, MEAL have worked with an independent consultant to undertake an analysis of the Social Return on Investment (SROI) and evidence suggests that for every £1 invested a return of £4.40 in social value is generated.


Suffolk County Council has created 7 Creative Apprenticeships to help address identified skills gaps in the creative sector.  The apprenticeships have been targeted to support young people who are not in full time education and who have not yet achieved a level 2 qualification.

Museums can play a role in supporting people facing unemployment during the current economic climate.  A regional Renaissance project, Stepping Stones, is exploring how museums can meet the needs of those who are out of work by building confidence and developing transferable skills.  The project explores the role of museums as a stepping-stone to employment by providing volunteering, work placement and apprenticeship opportunities.    

Cambridge City Council's Arts and Entertainments team have initiated a pioneering approach to empty shops in Cambridge city centre. The scheme enables artists to display their work in empty shops, linked through an attractive and clearly identifiable brand, logo and strap-line. The development and success of the project demonstrates the critical importance of partnership working and of using internal resources in new ways.