New ventures for young people at Hawkwood

Neil Carmichael, MP visited Hawkwood to meet with Create Gloucestershire Director Pippa Jones,  interns employed at Hawkwood and other employers to hear about the Creative Employment Programme.

This programme has created 41 job opportunities over the last 18 months and many interns have continued in their organisation, while others have gained clarity about career objectives or study pathways” said Louise Bardgett, who manages the Creative Careers programme at Create Gloucestershire. 

Neil Carmichael was himself instrumental in creating apprenticeships in the 1990s and is a champion of training and education in engineering.

The Creative Employment Programme has created additional capacity in marketing and fundraising, has helped our educational charity grow and has initiated fantastic networking opportunities,” said Alicia Carey, Principal of Hawkwood. Natasha O’Dowd, aged 23, joined Hawkwood in February and has worked in social media marketing, creating promotional materials, volunteer and event management, fundraising and administration. Lucy Sharp emphasised the vital contribution the internship programme has given to ArtShape, enabling new projects to be developed.

 “My internship at Hawkwood joins up my interest in both education and the arts. I’m already learning so much in all aspects of marketing and I wouldn’t be here without the support and funding through Create Gloucestershire and Hawkwood,” says Victoria Ainley, aged 24 who works alongside George Hemming, aged 23, arts graduate and fundraising intern.

More internship opportunities will be coming up in the next few weeks.  How about joining the team at Cheltenham Festivals, or as an Arts Administrator at Prema in Uley, or developing your Sales and Marketing skills with Cheltenham Trust at The Wilson and Cheltenham Town Hall?  For more details on how to apply, contact Louise at Create Gloucestershire here

The Creative Employment Programme is a £15m fund to support the creation of traineeships, formal apprenticeship and paid internship opportunities in England for young unemployed people aged 16-24 wishing to pursue a career in the arts and cultural sector. It is coordinated nationally by Creative & Cultural Skills, and funded by Arts Council England.  Our Creative Careers programme is also supported by Ambition Giving and The Summerfield Charitable Trust.