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Getting Young People into Birmingham Culture

  • Date: 13 January 2014
  • Area: Midlands
New opportunities for young people in Birmingham

New opportunities for young people in Birmingham.

Fifteen of Birmingham’s arts and cultural organisations have joined forces with Creative Alliance to offer 30 paid creative apprenticeships and internships for unemployed young people from the city.

New opportunities up for grabs include roles in digital media, front of house and customer service, fundraising, learning and marketing, technical theatre and wardrobe.

These opportunities have been created with support from the Creative Employment Programme managed by Creative & Cultural Skills.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “In the current economic climate I think it’s really encouraging to see arts organisations working together to give talented young people, currently out of work, the opportunities they need to embark on the creative career ladder.”

The apprenticeships and paid internships will be launched at a ‘Get into Birmingham’s Culture work opportunities fair’ at The Birmingham Rep on Saturday 25 January 2014.  

Young people from all over the region aged 16-24, from graduates to those with few or no qualifications, will have the chance to apply for opportunities and get access to on-the-job training and experience to build the skills sort after by employers.  

All of the apprenticeships and internships will be advertised on the National Apprenticeship Service website, through Job Centre Plus and on the websites of all the participating organisations.

The 15 organisations pioneering the scheme include Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Museums Trust, Birmingham Opera Company, Birmingham Rep, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Blue Whale, Craftspace, DanceXchange, The Drum, Geese Theatre, Ikon Gallery, mac, Sampad, Sonia Sabri and Trilby.