The Creative Enterprise Programme (CEP) is seeking bilingual (Turkish and English), talented workshop facilitators based in Turkey with experience in learning facilitation, creative enterprise, creative hubs and the wider creative economy to join a global cohort of Creative Enterprise Programme Workshop Associates. 

For nearly ten years, Nesta and the British Council have been working in partnership to deliver the Creative Enterprise Programme. Developed from the Creative Enterprise Toolkit, the programme’s core offer is a three-day capacity-building workshop to support creative and social entrepreneurs in establishing and growing their businesses.

We aim to strengthen our strategic focus on creative entrepreneurs, creative enterprises and sustainable creative industries. To do this, we want to invest in local workshop associates. The aim is to recruit a small team of local workshop associates who will: 

  • be trained to facilitate the Creative Enterprise Programme workshops in Turkey with the British Council in Turkey and Nesta
  • provide localised examples within the core workshop content
  • collaborate with the British Council in Turkey to enable longer term engagements with the Creative Enterprise Programme participants and record impact stories, and 
  • build strong networks and communities around the British Council in Turkey, the Creative Enterprise Programme and within the local creative economy. 

We already have teams of workshop associates based in Egypt, Nigeria, Uganda, Ukraine, and the UK. 

Who are we looking for?

We are seeking 3-5 talented workshop facilitators who have a strong track record of engaging with entrepreneurial creative, social and startup businesses.

The role:

  • Facilitate multi-day workshops with groups of up to 25 creative entrepreneurs 
  • Deliver the Creative Enterprise Programme workshop as prescribed to set learning goals and standards
  • Through the workshops, support the learning journey of individual creative entrepreneurs
  • Capture learning insights and report back to the British Council and Nesta and share with the global cohort of Creative Enterprise Programme Workshop Associates 
  • Collaborate with the British Council and Nesta teams to ensure quality and consistency of delivery in accordance with operational guidelines
  • Be an advocate for the methodology of the Creative Enterprise Programme  and the Creative Enterprise Toolkit
  • Where possible, support with further development of participants and help grow the community of practice for creative entrepreneurs, with the support of the British Council and Nesta. 

The ideal candidate will:

  • be confident facilitating multi-day workshops, have an engaging and adaptable facilitation style and be able to deliver an intensive schedule to a high standard over a sustained period
  • be confident presenting and using design-led techniques and business innovation tools
  • be able to communicate complex concepts in a succinct and meaningful way
  • be able to build rapport and trust with participants
  • be a creative practitioner or have first-hand experience of either setting up or running their own enterprise and be in a good position to share their in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by creative startups
  • possess good time management skills, and be organised and solutions-focused
  • have a willingness to travel, where necessary
  • be a champion for the creative industries in your region and know of support, advice and networks that can help creative entrepreneurs contribute to the wider creative economy.

How to apply

Please apply for the role in English and by providing the following in a Dropbox, WeTransfer or Google Drive folder: 

  • Your résumé 
  • A short cover letter (no more than 500 words)
  • A short video, see instructions below

Please email the link to the Dropbox, WeTransfer or Google Drive folder that contains your résumé, cover letter and 1-2 minute video to Umutcan Özen at before midnight on 7 October 2018.

The video

  • In 1-2 minutes, tell us about a creative enterprise from your region that you are excited about and why you think the business model is interesting. 
  • The role of workshop facilitator requires an engaging and articulate presentation style. The filming or quality of the video will not be taken into account - we just want to be able to visualise your presentation style in the Creative Enterprise Programme workshop. Your video can be recorded as a selfie, or with a friend holding the mobile phone, or spoken into a recording webcam. 

Important dates

  • Deadline for applications: midnight on 14 October 2018.

If you are shortlisted as a potential Creative Enterprise Programme Workshop Associate, you will need to be available for the following dates:  

  • Initial interview: Face-to-face or video-conference interview (in English): w/c 22 October 2018.
  • Induction (part 1): Workshop associate team induction and observing the Creative Enterprise Programme with a UK workshop associate: Monday 12 November to Friday 16 November 2018, in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Induction (part 2): Co-delivery the Creative Enterprise Programme workshop with fellow local workshop associates and supported by a UK workshop associate: Sunday 16 December to Wednesday 19 December 2018, in Istanbul, Turkey.

If you are invited to Induction, British Council will arrange and cover any necessary travel or accommodation. Induction (part 2) will be paid at the British Council workshop associate daily rate. 


Self-employed creative business professionals to be contracted by the British Council, and inducted by Nesta to deliver the Creative Enterprise Programme.

Daily rate:

The rate will be competitive to regional rates. 

Participant Selection Committee

  • Esra A Aysun, Head of Arts Turkey, British Council
  • Cansu Ataman Bilgiç, Arts Manager, British Council
  • Kimberley Ballantyne, Learning Services Manager, Creative Enterprise Programme, Nesta

About the Facilitator - Colum Lowe

Colum Lowe is a Creative Enterprise Programme Workshop Associate based in London, UK.

Colum has spent 27 years in the creative industries in a variety of successful and challenging roles. His design and management expertise crosses over the disciplines of interiors, products, graphics and branding with experience in both public and private sectors from large national organisations to small private consultancies. Colum has led several leading London design agencies and has held senior positions at Sainsbury’s and the NHS.

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