These programmes have been designed to help current students, recent graduates and alumni to get up to speed on employability skills or how to start up their own business. 

The Easter Programme

These 2 full days during the Easter break are divided as follows:

Day 1 — Enterprise skills for self-employment/freelancing

Day 2 — Employability skills for finding & starting employment.

Both days are facilitated by professionals working in the creative industries. 

The Summer Programme

This is an intense week of enterprise skills for students who want to start a business. 


Student Gareth Edwards attended the 2014 summer programme. On the last afternoon, the students pitched their business ideas to the University’s senior management team; Gareth presented the fine-furniture business he’s starting with fellow alumnus Jake Coleman, and won £500-worth of mentoring plus support from CidaCo (one of the organisations helping to deliver the workshops). 

After graduating in 2014 with a first-class degree in Furniture Making, Gareth moved into his own wood workshop in Leeds and is now accepting commissions for bespoke furniture. He received mentoring and advice about business planning, marketing, financial and legal matters, while CidaCo have checked that the business strategy is viable. Gareth found the career advice “well worth having… you learn a lot about yourself. You feel more confident about the next step. It reassured me that this isn’t the end, it’s just the next step.” 


After attending the Summer Programme, one of our third-year students said the week had offered “invaluable knowledge from speakers attuned to the creative industries. It demystified and simplified what I considered to be the scary world of business.” 


These programmes are open to all current students, with a number of places also open to recent graduates and alumni.