CREATIVE ECONOMY CAREER ACCESS PROGRAM (CECAP)
Establish a creative economy career access on-the-job training program offering underserved District of Columbia residents an opportunity to receive the training, experience, and job placement support required to establish sustainable careers in the creative economy.
Program Participants & Partners
District resident aspiring media professionals Media Industry & Creative Technology Sector Business Enterprises/Employers
The District government sees CECAP as a win-win opportunity for the government and the prospective employer partner. The program offers the government an opportunity to offer underserved District residents access to career opportunities in the creative economy, and offers the employer an opportunity to exercise corporate citizenship and have the salary of an entry-level trainee fully subsidized.
CECAP is a paid 12-month workforce training program divided into two modules, a training module and an on-the-job training placement module. The training module is a 3-week introduction to media production curriculum provided by DCTV, and the on-the-job training module lasts up to 26 2-week pay periods where CECAP trainees are placed with a participating local creative economy employer. The CECAP trainee compensation is set at the District of Columbia living minimum wage, currently $14.14/hr.
Program Candidate Pool
CECAP seeks to recruit a diverse cross-section of District residents interested in pursuing careers in the creative economy. The goal of the trainee selection process is to identify motivated and qualified District Resident candidates from underserved communities, including, but not limited to: returning citizens, military veterans, the disabled, and the long term unemployed.
- Trainee Compensation: CECAP subsidize the trainee compensation $14.14/hour for a maximum of 80 hours in a given 2-week pay period. The total number of hours during any given pay period is determined by the trainee’s employer assignment.
- Training Module: Before the employer placement the trainee will enroll in and complete a 3- week a training module administered by CECAP training partner DCTV. The training module curriculum will provide the trainee entry-level media production and post production instruction. The training module is designed to ensure the trainee has the requisite entry-level media skills to succeed as they transition to the on-the-job training module. The training costs are 100% covered by CECAP and trainees will be paid $14.14/hr. for time spent in formal training.
- On-the-Job Trainee Module: The trainee will be placed with the employer for up to 11-months at $14.14/hr. for up to 80 hours in any 2-week pay period.
- Trainee Performance Standards: The trainee must adhere to performance standard and meet pre-determined performance benchmarks in order to remain in the program. The employer is not obligated to retain a non-performing apprentice for the entire 11-month period.
- Program Conclusion: After the conclusion of the on-the-job training module the compensation subsidy ends. The cohort will end after 26 2-week pay period. After the conclusion of the on- the-job training module, the employer may choose to retain the trainee as a regular employee, but CECAP cannot guarantee employment at the conclusion of the program. If the trainee is not retained by the employer the CECAP program will work with the trainee to identify other job opportunities based on the skills learned and the experience received during the program. A government supported wage tax credit program is available to employers retaining a trainee as an employee.
Next Program Cohort
The next CECAP cohort has not yet been scheduled, but is targeted to begin in the late spring or summer of 2018.
How to Become a CECAP Trainee
Only District residents that meet specific program criteria qualify for the program. If you are interested in becoming a CECAP trainee and want to learn more about the qualification criteria, please contact the CECAP administrator at [email protected].
How to Participate as an Employer Partner
If you are an employer interested in potentially hosting and mentoring a CECAP trainee and learning more about the program, please contact the CECAP administrator at [email protected].
CECAP Target Business Activities
Digital Media Production/Distribution/Broadcasting/Publishing/Streaming Interactive Media & Gaming
Marketing/Consulting/Public Relations/Digital Agencies Mobile Application Development
Motion Picture/Film/Television Production & Distribution Multimedia/Video Production, Design, & Simulation Music & Sound Recording
Radio & Podcast Digital Broadcasting
Social Media Engagement/Web User Experience Management Television & Satellite Broadcasting
Television Production Video & Digital Gaming
CECAP Target Industry Occupations
Audio & Video Equipment Technicians Broadcast/Master Control Technicians Camera Operators
Communications/Messaging/Social Media Specialists
Editors (Film, TV, Video, Animation, and Digital) Digital Designers
Media & Communications Workers Media & Communications Equipment Workers
Multimedia Artists and Animators Producers and Directors
Post Production Specialists Set and Exhibit Designers
Software Engineering/Gaming/ Mobile App Developers Sound Engineering Technicians
Technical Writers Website/User Experience Specialists
Writers and Authors
**PROGRAM CANDIDATE PROFILE**
Creative Economy Career Access Program (CECAP) is an on-the-job training program offering underserved District of Columbia residents an opportunity to receive the training, experience, and job placement support required to establish sustainable careers in the creative economy and a pathway to the middle class.
Program Candidate Overview
The program will recruit a diverse cross-section of District residents interested in pursuing careers in the creative economy. The goal of the trainee selection process is to identify motivated and qualified District Resident candidates from underserved communities, including, but not limited to: returning citizens, military veterans, and the disabled.
Characteristics and attributes of an ideal candidate include:
- Registered American Job Center Customer: To qualify for the program the candidate must be at least 18 years of age, a District of Columbia resident, and meet Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) income requirements. For information on registering as an American Job Center customer, contact the American Job Center at 202- 724-7000 [email protected].
- Age: 18 to 24 is the target for the program, but older applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. District residents just entering the workforce and residents re-entering the workforce or seeking a career change are encouraged to apply.
- Interest Media and Creative Industries: Demonstrated interest in the media/audio visual arts, media/audio visual production, creative industries or creative technologies required. Demonstrated aptitude for the media technical arts a plus.
- Education: Minimum GED equivalent, but some college, community college, military, or technical training background in communications/media a plus.
- Experience: Past work experience or internship experience in the media, film, television broadcast, or audio visual industry a plus.
- Demonstrated aptitude for the media technical arts a plus.
- Past work or internship experience demonstrating reliability and hard work (recommendations from past employers or teachers a plus).
- Computer literate. Familiarity with MS Office applications (Word, Excel, etc.) a plus
- Work schedule flexibility (no more than 80 hours in a 2 week period, but availability for non-traditional work shifts a plus).
- Reliable child/elder care in place and transportation to workplace secured.
For more information on how to apply for the CECAP program email [email protected].