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Arts Council England launches new £15m employment programme for young people

The Creative employment programme will support up to 6,500 new apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeships and paid internships (graduate and non-graduate) across the arts and cultural sector, with a focus on the Arts Council’s footprint; music, dance, theatre, literature, visual arts, contemporary craft, combined arts, galleries, circus, carnival arts, museums and libraries. The programme aims to provide unemployed people aged 16-24 (graduate and non-graduate) with paid opportunities to gain access to on the job training, skills and experience in the arts and cultural sector.

There is currently a skills shortage – more than a quarter of employers in the creative and cultural sector have had difficulty in recruiting due to a lack of experience and skills in applicants. The programme will give young people interested in arts and culture the opportunity to gain skills and experience that potential employers will value, remove the barrier of lack of paid work experience, and help boost the start of their career in the sector.

The Arts Council is opening a commissioned grant for applications to find a national provider who will deliver the programme. Applications must be submitted no later than 11am on Thursday 4 October 2012. The successful applicant will receive up to £15 million to deliver the programme which will directly benefit unemployed young people. Once a provider has been appointed, the grant for the provision of this programme will run until March 2015. For more information about the programme and to apply for the national provider programme, visit: