A new creative apprenticeships programme in Hull is creating more than 40 job opportunities for young people in the City of Culture 2017.
CapeUK, a Yorkshire-based creative education not-for-profit organisation; led a consortium application with Hull’s Cultural Collisions Network whose members are, Hull Culture and Leisure, Hull City Council, Hull Truck Theatre, Artlink, Freedom Festival and City of Culture 2017 team.
The partnership, working with Hull Training and Adult Education, has secured a grant of more than £90,000 from the Creative and Cultural Skills’ (CC Skills) Creative Employment Programme. The grant will be used to offer companies and organisations involved in the creative sector a contribution to the wage of any apprentice they employ.
Young people aged between 16-24 can now apply for the first round of apprenticeships which will begin in October by contacting Hull Training and Adult Education on 01482 379 500.
Employers already signed up include those working in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, galleries, museums and libraries.
Once the programme is fully up and running later this year, up to 44 apprenticeships will be created, meaning a total investment including employer contributions worth almost £250,000 to Hull’s creative economy.
Chris Strong, CapeUK Programme Manager, said:
“We’re delighted to be involved with this innovative programme, the first of its kind for Hull and it’s great to see employers already getting involved.
“The creative industries are worth £76.9 billion a year to the UK economy so the opportunities are huge for young people, both for those who want to be performers and those who want to take on ‘back-stage’ roles in exciting and vibrant workplaces.”
Councillor Terry Geraghty, Chair of Hull Culture and Leisure, said:
“This funding announcement is absolutely fantastic news for the city. The programme offers a direct route into the creative industries and it is a valuable training opportunity for our young people who are aspiring to learn and work in this growing sector.
“Hull Culture and Leisure is looking forward to hosting and being part of this fundamental scheme that will offer many opportunities and excellent training.
“Developing high quality cultural expertise is at the heart of our ambitions and this funding enables us to build a strong foundation to capture the opportunity for cultural, economic and community growth beyond 2017.”
Applications are now open for the apprenticeships programme, which is available to young people in Hull aged between 16 and 24 who want to turn their interest in the arts and culture into a job opportunity.
Full details are available on the Hull Training and Adult Education website at www.hcctraining.ac.uk or telephone 01482 379 500 for an application form.
There are still opportunities for creative industry employers to receive support from the programme to offer apprenticeships. Any companies or organisations interested should contact Vicky Riseham on 01482 615 245.