By Noma Nazish
New job avenues are being created for the unemployed youth in Lancashire by the county council.
Young people aged 16 to 24 will benefit from these employment opportunities in arts and culture sector. The jobs are available at 18 different organisations across Lancashire, including Darwen, Blackpool and Blackburn.
“The creative industries are thriving in Lancashire. It’s vital that we all work together to help create opportunities in this sector for our young people” said Jennifer Mien, leader of Lancashire County Council.
Currently, the positions are available on the Creative Employment Programme, while others are yet to open later this year. By enrolling in the programme, the apprentices can gain nationally recognised vocational qualification apart from vital workplace experiences.
“This programme shows just what can be achieved when arts organisations and councils work together in an innovative way” the County Councillor added.
Creative Employment Programme supports apprenticeships and paid internship opportunities in England for the unemployed youth who wish to pursue a career in the creative and arts sector. The aim of this initiative is to create high quality work experience for the youth and to change the recruitment pattern by providing jobs to potential applicants regardless
of their education qualification.
The programme provides a contribution of up to £2,500 towards the young person’s wages.
Anyone who is unemployed and aged between 16 and 24 can apply for an apprenticeship. For internships, only those who are currently registered as unemployed and aged 18 to 24 are eligible. The apprenticeship vacancies can be looked up at the National Apprenticeship Service website. Details of internship opportunities are available at every local Job Centre.
The county council collaborated with various art and cultural organisations across Lancashire for funding this programme. It also received funding from Arts Council England and Lancashire County Developments Limited, the county council’s economic development department.