A new apprenticeship scheme will offer creative young people the chance to take their first steps into a multi-media career.
The one-year apprenticeships, funded by Leeds Federated Housing Association and Aire Valley Homes Leeds, will offer up to four young social housing tenants aged 16 – 24 the opportunity to gain valuable experience and skills.
The placements will be run by Leeds-based social enterprise Future Arts and are aimed at young people not in education, training or employment (NEET). The apprentices will be working with video editing, film and production techniques, blogging, social media and photography.
They will work with Leeds Fed and Aire Valley Homes Leeds to create films about the housing associations’ projects and services.
Sue Jennings, Community Development Manager at Leeds Fed, said:
“This project will provide training opportunities designed to lead into employment and is supporting a creative social enterprise in the city.
“It will also produce some fantastic short films for us over the coming 12 months that we can use to inform our tenants and staff about our work through social media, YouTube and our website.
“We are looking forward to seeing the ideas of the young apprentices and we hope it gives them the boost they need to pursue their goals and even start a career in the media or film making.”
Applicants will need to have passion and creativity, at least a basic understanding of multi-media techniques and ideally have a portfolio of work to demonstrate their skills and flair.
Although they will need to work independently the apprentices will receive industry mentoring, and will work towards achieving an NVQ qualification.
Simon Costigan, Chief Executive of Aire Valley Homes, said:
“This is an excellent opportunity for young people with an interest in the creative industries to develop their skills. It allows them to gain a qualification which can be the first step on the ladder to a career in the media industry.”
Gemma Povey, Director of Digital Arts Engagement at Future Arts, said:
“This apprenticeship opportunity is a shining example of how Future Arts is working to uplift people through creative technology.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming some fresh talent into the organisation and providing an opportunity to get much need experience and a portfolio of work to advance into creative industries.”
To apply for an apprenticeship contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV and cover letter. Selected applicants will be invited to interview.
Recruitment will be taking place in April.