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Getting Young People into Birmingham Culture

Getting Young People into Birmingham Culture

6th December 2013

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

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

These opportunities have been created thanks to support from the Creative Employment Programme managed by Creative & Cultural Skills. The programme was set up to help employers to recruit talented unemployed young people into entry-level jobs in the traditionally hard-to-get-into arts and cultural sectors.

Robert McDermid, Workforce Development Manager for Birmingham Museums Trust, is delighted that this award enables the organisation to continue to support young people into employment with them.
“We’ve been recruiting young people as creative apprentices since 2009. Apprenticeships are an excellent introduction to the world of museums and the range of careers we offer. The Creative Employment Programme will enable us to create additional and more varied opportunities for young people.”

The opportunities will be launched at a ‘Get Into Birmingham’s Culture Work Opportunities Fair’ being held at The Birmingham Rep on Saturday 25 January 2014. Young people aged 16-24 from all over the region, from graduates to those with few or no qualifications will have the chance to apply for opportunities and access on-the-job training and experience to build the skills that employers want.

Deborah Kermode, Deputy Director of Ikon gallery said: “This is a great way for Ikon to mark its 50th anniversary. The two young people we’ll recruit as interns will be actively involved in coordinating and promoting events this landmark year. We are huge supporters of developing young talent at Ikon and are delighted to provide a springboard for young people into careers in our sector,”

The Creative Employment Programme apprenticeships and paid internships will be advertised on the National Apprenticeship Service website, through Job Centre Plus and on the websites of all the participating organisations. A full list of the opportunities will be available on www.creativealliance.org.uk from January 2014.

Further information about the Creative Employment programme can be found here:

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