Young people who are out of work are being helped to get jobs in the arts and cultural sector, by Lancashire County Council.
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 and Blackburn with Darwen, 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 based on their progress.
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.
Leader of Lancashire County Council, Jennifer Mein, said: “By helping these young people to learn new skills and gain experience, we’re improving their job prospects in the future. This programme shows just what can be achieved when arts organisations and councils work together in an innovative way. We’re pleased that some of these vacancies have already been filled, which is directly helping young people into work. It’s vital that we all work together to help create opportunities in this sector for our young people.”
The county council joined forces with Curious Minds and other organisations to secure the funding.
The programme provides a contribution of between £1,500 and £2,500 towards the young person’s wages.