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York's Creative Firms Urged to Take on Apprentices


4:40pm 12th June 2014

York Council is calling on creative and cultural organisations in the city  who would like access funding to create Apprenticeships and paid internships to attend a briefing event on Tuesday 17 June.

Creative and cultural businesses across the city are invited to a briefing event, which will be taking place on Tuesday 17 June at York Theatre Royal from 4.30pm to 6.30pm. The briefing is aimed at creative and cultural organisations* who are thinking of recruting for entry level positions and wish to find out how they can be part of a city wide consortium to access funding to recruit apprentices and paid interns. 

Creative Employment Programme funding can only go to employers who sit within Arts Council England’s footprint of: Music, Dance, Theatre, Literature, Visual arts, Contemporary craft, Combined arts, Galleries, Circus, Carnival arts, Museums and Libraries

The council is looking to lead a consortium of employers to apply for a share of the Creative Employment Programme, a £15m fund from Arts Council England, which is administered by Creative & Cultural Skills  and designed to support the creation of traineeships, formal apprenticeships and paid internship opportunities for young people aged 16-24.The programme provides part-wage grants to put towards the costs of a new apprentice or paid intern.

The event will explain the aims of the programme, the benefits of taking on a young person, the wage subsidy funding available and the support the council can provide in the recruitment process. There will also be the opportunity to network with other organisations to discuss the opportunity of sharing an intern or apprentice.

The move is further development of the council’s commitment to create Apprenticeships across the city and comes of the back of 160 Apprenticeship vacancies being created across the city as part of the York Apprenticeship Challenge.

Since May 2013, the Creative Employment Programme has helped create over 1700 new job opportunities across the country and is currently planned to run until March 2015.

Cllr James Alexander, Labour Leader of City of York Council said: “It is a priority of the council to support jobs and growth in York as well as keeping young talent in the city. This is a chance to provide real opportunities for young people who are interested in the arts and culture sector, offering them the greatest possible start to their career right here in York. The programme will help create realistic paid opportunities for young people ages 16-24, train the next creative generation and as the future workforce of this city.”

Those who wish to attend and find out more can contact becky.solomon@york.gov.uk t: 01904 554341

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