The Arts Council of Northern Ireland to create 100 art apprenticeships

Over the next three years, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland will create 100 new jobs for unemployed young people through a new apprenticeship and internship programme.

Apprentices and interns will gain skills in the arts sector, in areas including technical theatre, music business, cultural heritage, community arts and live events.

The £300,000 scheme, administered by Creative and Cultural Skills as part of the NI Creative Employment Programme, will provide on the job training and formal qualifications.

Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilin said: “This is an excellent way to support young unemployed people, giving them real skills they can use in the arts economy and helping tackle poverty and social exclusion, a key priority of mine. Financial incentives will be made available to local employers to help them create new apprenticeship and paid internship job opportunities for young unemployed people aged 16-24.”

Roisin McDonough, chief executive of the Arts Council, said: “We want to encourage our talented young people, particularly those living in our most disadvantaged communities, to see the arts as an attractive career option. The Creative Employment Programme was created to provide quality training and mentoring opportunities, to give fair access to careers in the creative and cultural industries, and help bolster the creative sector by harnessing the talent of the next generation.”