Get Into Creative Employment

Get Into Creative Employment

Creative Alliance is inviting young, unemployed, people aged 16 – 24 to a ‘Get Into Creative Employment Fair’ at The REP on Saturday 25 January between 10am and 1pm. Creative Alliance has brought together 15 arts and cultural organisations from across Birmingham to offer over 30 Apprenticeships and paid Internships.

The event is part of a new programme Creative Alliance are leading in the region to tackle youth unemployment. The national youth unemployment rate for the period August – October 2013 was 20.5% with 941,000 young people unemployed across the Country with Birmingham identified as having the highest youth unemployment rate of any major UK City. This new programme, part of the national Creative Employment Programme, is focussed on tackling this statistic for Birmingham and the region.

Based in Birmingham, Creative Alliance works to enable talent to get into and get on in the creative and cultural industries. The Creative Employment Programme is a £15m fund to support the creation of traineeships, formal apprenticeships and paid internship opportunities in England for young unemployed people aged 16 – 24 wishing to pursue a career in the arts and cultural sector.

Young people attending the event on 25th January will find out about the jobs available in theatre, dance, art, music and craft, the recruitment process and gain advice on how to apply as well as take part in CV and portfolio surgeries.

Noel Dunne, Director Creative Alliance said: “We have been employing young people as Apprentices since 2009 and we know it is an extremely effective way of getting talented and motivated young people into creative careers. With this new programme of Apprenticeships and Paid Internships we have brought together 15 arts and cultural organisations for the first time to work together to offer over 30 opportunities to young people. I am very excited about supporting the young people and the organisations to develop a new generation of creative talent in the region, and in the process make a positive impact on the youth unemployment rate in Birmingham and the West Midlands.”

Sophie Cooper, Design Apprentice with Creative Alliance said: “Being an apprentice is a fantastic opportunity which provides loads of great experiences and work based skills. I have been the design apprentice at Creative Alliance for 4 months now and have been involved in a variety of fantastic projects ranging from social media campaigns through to working with students and young people; supporting arts and design projects. I have learnt so much already and am excited for a future in design.”

To find out more about the event on 25 January email Event Coordinator Jenny Duffin on jenny@creativealliance.org.uk. Alternatively visit the facebook page: Get Into Creative Employment or follow on twitter @GICE_Birmingham.

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