Suffolk County Council has secured a grant of £195,750 from the Creative & Cultural Skills’ Creative Employment Programme for related work-based learning in Suffolk.
The grant will enable 33 employers from the creative sector to generate 80 paid apprenticeships and internships for young, unemployed people in Suffolk.
Suffolk’s Creative Employment Programme will provide opportunities in a wide range of areas such as production, printing, digital and social media, events management, programming, marketing, finance, and arts administration; reflecting the quality and breadth of the great arts and cultural organisations based in the county.
Councillor Rebecca Hopfensperger, cabinet member for localities, said: “I am delighted that we’ve been able to bring the creative sector together to create and deliver these apprenticeships and internships.
“There are a lot of talented young people in Suffolk who need an opportunity to show that they are employable, skilful and valuable; these jobs will offer that chance.”
Alistair Winch, Suffolk Artlink, an arts charity that has already taken on their first intern, said: “We didn’t know what to expect of applicants so were astonished by the calibre of candidates looking for work.
“We and other arts and creative employers in Suffolk are offering some really exciting paid opportunities for young people to obtain experience and learn and, in the case of the apprenticeships, gain an accredited qualification”
If you are a young unemployed person, or know someone who would be interested in working in the creative industries, you can find more information about the opportunities currently available in Suffolk by asking your local Job Centre Plus advisor or visiting www.suffolkartlink.org.uk/cep.