New funding for arts and cultural workforce

The UK Government has announced that the next closing date for the Creative Employment programme is the 20th September 2013.

The £15 million, National Lottery funded programme is aimed at increasing work and training opportunities for unemployed young people. The programme will provide funding for 6,500 new traineeships, apprenticeships and paid internship opportunities to help young unemployed people aged 16 to 24 enter the arts and cultural workforce. Employment created will be in a wide range of disciplines, from technical to administrative roles, provided they are located in England and fall within the Arts Council England’s footprint of:

• Music

• Dance

• Theatre

• Literature

• Visual Arts

• Contemporary Craft

• Combined Arts

• Carnival

• Circus

• Galleries

• Museums

• Libraries.

The programme will provide part wage grants to employers who create new apprenticeship and internship job opportunities for young unemployed people aged 16-24.