Fifth Creative Job opportunity for young people snapped up this week!

Over the summer Create Gloucestershire secured investment of just under £50,000 through the Creative Employment Programme, to create up to nineteen new employment opportunities in the cultural sector for 18-24 year olds; opening up new entry routes into Britain’s fastest growing industry at a time when many young people are struggling to get a foothold in the world of work.

Over the last couple of months, we have been working alongside nine creative employers based across Gloucestershire in key urban centres, including The Wilson Museum and Art Gallery in Cheltenham, the Roses theatre in Tewkesbury, GDance and Art Shape in Gloucester and; in rural areas Hawkwood College outside Stroud and Artspace Cinderford in the Forest of Dean to get the programme off the ground. Developing both internships and apprenticeships in a whole range of areas such as technical theatre, fundraising and arts marketing, recruitment started July 2014, ending in January 2015.

We are really pleased to have recruited the first five jobs aimed specifically at 18-24 year olds, which include:

·        Hayley Wayre, Fundraising intern at The Roses theatre, Tewkesbury

·        Steff Wils, Exhibitions Co-ordinator intern at Artshape

·        Kate Townley, Apprentice Project Manager at Artshape

·        Laura Deave, Arts Admin Assistant intern at Arts Space Cinderford

·        Annie McCulloch, Collections intern at The Wilson, Cheltenham

as well as Daisy Trowell, who was appointed by New Brewery Arts, as the first Creative Apprentice through the programme in Gloucestershire.

Alongside supporting employers through the recruitment process, Louise Bardgett, the Programme Manager for the Creative Employment Programme in Gloucestershire has been building relationships with a range of learning providers and colleges, advising the Heritage and Museums service on their possible involvement and, developing career advice opportunities for young people.   Louise has also worked closely with the Work Place Advisers at the Job Centre Plus in Cheltenham to generate interest and raise awareness of opportunities available in the creative sector. 

In partnership with The Wilson museum and art gallery, alongside a number of creative employers across the county and the Job Centre Plus, we hosted the first Creative Careers event aimed at young people, who are unemployed and/or on Job Seekers Allowance and who would like a job in arts or culture.   This free event included a series of short presentations on different career routes into the creative industries, how to get involved in the programme, as well as on the ground experiences shared by four recently recruited interns and apprentices.   We were really pleased to invite Will Hahn, Programme Director of Creative & Cultural Skills to give an overview of the Creative Employment Programme and its relevance to young people today. 

 These are some of the experiences from the recently recruited interns and apprentices:

“it has allowed me to apply my creativity in the workplace”

“it is being part of a team”

“it is being part of something and driving it forward”

“it is so rewarding”

“it is so varied – doing different things everyday”

We are also pleased to confirm that the Arts Council England has extended the Creative Employment Programme to March 2016, which is fantastic news for all involved.  For more information, follow this link: http://ccskills.org.uk/supporters/blog/creative-employment-programme-extended-to-2016

There are a limited number of opportunities still available for new employers to be part of this initial consortium programme in Gloucestershire, to either take on an apprentice or intern. If there is enough interest, Create Gloucestershire may apply for a future round of funding in Spring 2015. 

If you want to discuss taking on an apprentice or intern within your organisation, then contact: Louise Bardgett at Create Gloucestershire: louise@creategloucestershire.co.uk