Council backs creative careers on the Fylde coast

Coun Jennifer Mein
Coun Jennifer Mein
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Lancashire County Council is helping young people who are out of work to get jobs in the arts and cultural sector.

There are currently positions available on the Creative Employment Programme, while others will be open later in the year.

Young people aged between 16 and 24 can benefit from opportunities at 18 different organisations across Lancashire – including Blackpool –targeted in areas of high youth unemployment.

The programme supports formal apprenticeships and paid internships for young unemployed people aged 16 to 24, who want to pursue a career in the arts and cultural sector.

Apprentices will receive training, gain vital workplace experience and new skills, as well as a nationally recognised vocational qualification.

To apply for an apprenticeship you must be currently unemployed and aged 16 to 24. For internships you must be currently registered as unemployed, claiming a related benefit and aged 18 to 24.

County Councillor Jennifer Mein (pictured), leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “By helping these young people to learn new skills and gain experience, we’re improving their job prospects in the future.

“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.”

The council joined forces with the arts organisation 
Curious Minds and other cultural organisations to secure the funding from the Creative Employment Programme.

The programme provides a contribution of between £1,500 and £2,500 towards the young person’s wages.

It is funded by almost £75,000 of National Lottery funding from Arts Council England, plus £16,000 from Lancashire County Council’s Lancashire County Developments Limited.

For more information, call Rachel Holden on (01772) 536 152.