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Telford & Wrekin Council named creative apprentice Employee of the Year

  • Date: 14 March 2014
  • Area: Midlands

Telford & Wrekin Council has secured the title of Employee of the Year at the Creative and Cultural Employer Awards. The award celebrates the Council’s commitment to providing young people from across the county with opportunities to get into employment within the creative sector.

Last year Telford & Wrekin Council’s Arts and Culture Service secured funding through the national Creative Employment Programme, a £15m Arts Council England lottery funded scheme.

Matched by funding by Telford & Wrekin Council, this money has enabled the Arts and Culture Service to create and support a number of apprenticeships in event management, theatre technician and community arts.

This has helped to give young people from the local area the opportunity to get on the first rung of the ladder into a career in the creative industries and gain a recognised qualification.

The apprentices worked across a number of projects, including, In Harmony, the Music Education Hub, T-Live and T-Party.  

Each apprentice had a personalised experience with a support package that included mentors, apprentices’ forum meetings, volunteering opportunities and access to training.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “This is fantastic news for Telford & Wrekin Council's Arts and Culture Service. It's really important in the current economic climate for us to create employment opportunities for young people and support them to develop their skills and talents.

“I'm pleased that Telford and Wrekin Council has been able to achieve this through the Arts Council's In Harmony programme and Music Education Hubs and it's great to see the impact they've had acknowledged by Creative and Cultural Skills."

Councillor Liz Clare, cabinet member for Leisure Services and Culture, said: “We have an excellent reputation for providing apprenticeships in the borough and provide opportunities across a great many service areas giving young people the scope to gain experience in areas in which they have an interest.

“We are thrilled that we have been recognised with this award from Creative and Cultural Skills, it is a testament to the hard work and achievements of all the staff across the Council who take on apprentices and progress their skills and talent in their time here.”