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Creative young people offered job opportunities in Stockton
TALENTED and creative young people are being offered the chance to apply for a range of employment and training opportunities thanks to a new scheme.
Stockton Borough Council is hoping to tempt young people, aged 16 to 24 years old, to become one of 12 apprentices or nine internships.
The vacancies, including five placements for budding entrepreneurs who want to start a new business, have been created in a range of theatrical, musical, creative and heritage organisations.
The opportunities have been created after the council secured more than £45,000 from the Creative Employment Programme using lottery funding from Arts Council England.
Councillor Mike Smith, cabinet member for regeneration and transport, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity if you are a young person aged 16 to 24 years and looking for your first step into the highly competitive but incredibly exciting arts and creative industries, so please get in touch.”
Organisations providing the apprenticeships and internships include Stockton ARC, Preston Hall Museum and Grounds, Stockton Arts Centre, Tees Music Alliance, Billingham Environmental Link Project, West Row Arts, Stockton Arts Development, Stockton Riverside College and Stockton Borough Council Events Team.
The new business creative internships will provide a bursary, space to develop their arts practice, training and advice, involvement in creative community projects, as well as mentoring and networking with the Council’s creative partner, Mike McGrother, frontman of the Wildcats of Kilkenny.
He said: “The arts and creative industries offer so much – it’s important that young people have the opportunity to explore their talent and abilities whilst getting valuable experience in the day to day business of making things happen.
“The internships are a unique opportunity to work with a range of arts and creative professionals to learn about the industry.
“It’s also very exciting that we have the opportunity to help develop five new businesses from scratch – giving talented individuals the chance to build an exciting future for themselves in this growing sector.”
To be eligible young people should be aged from 18 to 24 years old and in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or equivalent unemployment related benefits.
Anyone interested should contact Cath Baggott, employability co-ordinator, Stockton Borough Council on 01642-527563 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or Roland Todd, principal project officer on 01642-526184 or email@example.com
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