More than 50 young Manchester residents will take their first steps towards a career in the city’s flourishing creative sector through a new scheme.
In total 57 paid jobs – 16 apprenticeships and 41 internships – will be created through the Manchester, run by a consortium led by Manchester City Council, comprising a collection of the city’s creative sector employers including, theatres, galleries, museums and arts organisations at the cutting edge of digital development.
Curious Minds, the Arts Council England’s Bridge Organisation for the North West are thrilled to have been involved in the bid. Derri Burdon, Chief Executive of Curious Minds, said:
We’re really pleased that a number of consortium bids to the Creative Employment Programme from the North West have now been successful. We’re aware that several more are being prepared at the moment too. We’re keen to help and support anyone planning a consortium bid to ensure that the North West makes the most of this excellent funding opportunity, which will help our young people begin careers in the creative and cultural industries
Work-based learning is a significant route into a career in the Creative and Cultural sectors, especially for young people who find it harder to follow traditional education routes. This is the reason Curious Minds exists – to support children and young people in the North West to access arts and culture, and we’ll certainly be developing more work-based learning opportunities in the near future.
The Creative Employment Programme is an Arts Council England initiative being delivered by Creative & Cultural Skills, the sector skills council. The almost £500,000 scheme in Manchester is being funded through a Creative Employment Programme award of £148,000 with £141,000 matched funding from employers plus additional funding from the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) and other grants to support apprenticeships and jobs for young people.