Young people offered arts apprenticeships in the North East

Ten creative apprentices will be recruited at arts and cultural organisations throughout the North East

Proud to back apprenticeships

Ten creative apprentices will be recruited at arts and cultural organisations throughout the North East.

Strong Voices, a Department for Education funded project, delivered by Bridge North East, is working in partnership with creative apprenticeship-led organisations, Gateshead College and Sage Gateshead, to provide opportunities for young people in care, those leaving care, those with special educational needs or disabilities and those not in education, employment or training.

Each apprentice will be employed by a business in the creative and cultural sector for at least 12 months and will be given every opportunity possible to progress into a long-term career.

During their apprenticeships, individuals will develop their skills with the support of the employer and a recognised training provider.

Funding is available to support the apprenticeships, which are due to begin in March, and those behind the initiative are keen to offer individualised support to both employers and young people.

It is also hoped that existing work with the target group can be enhanced and new activity introduced.

There are around 2,000 apprentices currently employed in the creative and cultural sector.

Nationally, 96% of employers involved in the programme have reported benefits, with 72% saying they have had a positive impact on productivity,

Strong Voices programme manager Jenny Young said: “This is a fantastic opportunity.

“The apprenticeship has mutual benefits to the employer and the individual in that it leads to the apprentice being in a workplace doing a job that they believe they wish to follow a career in, whilst they are in a role that has been defined by the employer.

“The young person is paid a salary that is defined by national minimum requirements.

“They are trained both on the job and through attending agreed off job learning delivered by a recognised training provider leading to nationally recognised qualifications.”

Grants and funding support are available to businesses taking on a creative apprentice.

A recruitment event for employers will be held on January 16 at the Barbour Room at Sage Gateshead and an event for potential apprentices will be held at the same venue on February 3.

For more information, call 0191 443 5293 or email strongvoices@sagegateshead.com

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