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NTU partnership with EU’s largest self-employment advisory body offers invaluable free membership

An exciting new partnership between The School of Art & Design and The Association of Independent Professionals and The Self-Employed (IPSE) offers hundreds of graduating creatives exclusive FREE membership.

IPSE is the largest association of independent professionals in the EU, representing over 67,000 freelancers, contractors and consultants from every sector of the economy. It's a not-for-profit organisation owned and run by its members.

The number of young people becoming self-employed is rising fast, and in the School of Art & Design recent statistics show that 10% of creative graduates go on to work for themselves within 6 months of graduating*. (*Destination of Leavers from HE survey, HEFCE 2016)

A new collaboration with NTU is part of IPSE’s University Partnerships initiative, offering a membership specifically designed for creative students who are considering working for themselves.

Recognising that flexibility in the labour market is crucial to Britain’s economic success, IPSE works to improve the landscape for the freelance way of working through active and influential voice in government and industry. As well as being a campaigning body, it provides a wide range of support services to help its members succeed in business, including tax and legal helplines.

Student membership normally costs £35 per year; however, this is FREE to the first 500 students from the School of Art & Design who wish to join during the spring term of 2017.

IPSE student membership offers a range of benefits including ‘New to Self-Employment’ toolkits, exclusive networking opportunities, discount off standard membership on graduation and access to discounted training. Full details of the services and support on offer can be found on the IPSE website.

Students in the School of Art & Design wishing to become a member should email Linda Marchant, the School’s NTU employability coordinator, stating their name, course, year of study and student N number. Students will be contacted individually with confirmation of a unique code for free registration to student membership (please note, in the event of there being more than 500 expressions of interest, priority in the first instance will be given to final year students).

The School of Art & Design will also be running a comprehensive set of self-employment advice sessions and workshops for creative students thinking about setting up their own business, or freelancing, after graduating. These events go under the title Fusion, are free to attend, and will offer insight, advice and guidance during the spring and summer terms 2017 – for full information and to book go to the NTU Fusion events page.

NTU partnership with EU’s largest self-employment advisory body offers invaluable free membership

Published on 20 December 2016
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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