An innovative made-by-McLaren scholarship for those who are worthy

An innovative made-by-McLaren scholarship for those who are worthy

The English team and the company Creative Access will finance donations of 250, 500, 750 or 1000 pounds for minorities excluded from intellectual works

McLaren Racing team personnel at the 2021 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix
McLaren Racing team personnel at the 2021 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix

Creative Access, a leading social enterprise in the development and progressive career support of disadvantaged people, and the McLaren they launched ainnovative scholarship, which is unmatched in the industry motorsport and not only.
The fund, called "Creative Access x McLaren Racing”, is a new way of non-repayable loan which aims to explicitly support talent from under-represented communities in society who aspire to work, or advance their position within the intellectual professions, but are currently held back from doing so by their own financial status or other problems.
Creative Access interviewed more than 1.900 creative working or seeking a career in the industry to examine how the financial barriers affect the career progression of workers, even when well prepared. The results prove just how that can be crucial a scholarship to allow people from minorities of various genders to access and grow in their field of interest.

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77 percent of those interested have withdrawn from an application…

The results showed that: just over three quarters (77 per cent) did not apply for a job they were interested in due to the high cost of living or commuting associated with it; more than a third (35 percent) turned down job offers due to financial obstacles; 76 per cent of 18-25 year olds as well as 79 per cent of 26-35 year olds did not apply for jobs due to financial pressures, and 69 per cent of 18-25 year olds the XNUMX- to XNUMX-year-old didn't accept a role that was offered to him.

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And again: the most common financial pressures that affect career advancement are the unaffordable costs of living, commuting or moving to another place; 47 percent of people surveyed say financial barriers have “tightlyaffected their career progression, and this percentage increases to 61 for those coming from underrepresented socio-economic backgrounds; 80 percent of people who identified themselves as “disabled” did not apply and 59 percent did not accept a job offer due to economic obstacles; financial conditions also prevented 82 percent of people from minority socio-economic backgrounds from applying for a position and 58 percent from accepting a job offer…

The top five creative business sectors where those interested did not apply for a role due to financial reasons are film and music for 86 per cent, theater for 85 per cent, television for 82 per cent and various museums and galleries for 81 percent.
The scholarship is the first initiative of the partnership between Creative Access and the stable of ? built in June this year under the alliance McLaren Racing Engage, which aims at diversify talent within motorsports.
Scholarship will support training courses, development, equipment and transfer feesor, as well as will give support for the access of disabled people to the world of work, bearing the costs of assistance and coaching and tailor-made mentoring.
The application window for the first round of scholarships has opened Wednesday 27 October and will close on Wednesday 8 December. Applicants can apply for scholarships from 250, 500, 750 or 1000 poundsusing an account Creative Access existing or by registering from scratch on creativeaccess.org.uk.

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Josie Dobrin is the founder of the English association 'Creative Access'
Josie Dobrin is the founder of the English association 'Creative Access'

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Josie Dobrin, CEO di Creative Access, has explained: “We are disappointed, but not surprised, to see confirmation of what we already knew to be true: financial barriers exclude those from underrepresented communities, minorities, from advancing professionally in the creative industries or intellectual professions. At Creative Access, we know how vital it is to break down these barriers, which is why we're proud to have launched this new scholarship with our partners at McLaren to fund talent from diverse minorities as they jump into creative work. . After all, they are the future of the industry”.
Zak Brown, CEO of Mclaren racing, went into detail: “Here at McLaren we have a strong belief that everyone should have access to the same resources and opportunities within our industry, regardless of financial situation or background. Leading an inclusive and diverse team is an ongoing process of evolution, and is something we are committed to for the long term. This grant marks a significant first step in our plans to have the team's workforce be as representative of the population as possible by 2030, and we're proud to take this step in our journey alongside Creative Access."

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And yet: “As part of the strategic alliance across all departments known as McLaren Racing Engage, alongside Formula 1's similar #WeRaceAsOne campaign, we are in a unique position from which we can influence as large a portion of the motorsport industry as possible and diversify talent at all levels and in all functions. This while we also strive to work on a culture of inclusion within McLaren Racing."
“Through the McLaren Racing Engage project and our partnership with Creative Access, we hope to inspire and encourage the next generation of creative talent within our sport and remove the barriers that would otherwise prevent them from using their talent and adding value to a racing team like ours”.

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McLaren Racing team personnel at the 2021 Formula 1 British Grand Prix
McLaren Racing team personnel at the 2021 Formula 1 British Grand Prix