Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme – Apprenticeships Now Open

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Creative and Cultural Skills will offer up to £3,500 that will go towards the total wage costs for every new apprenticeship paid at the rate of National Minimum Wage for those who are under the age of 19 or who are over the age of 19 but are in the first year of their apprenticeship.

For these individuals, the national minimum wage is £3.40 an hour as of October 2016. Creative and Cultural Skills will offer up to £5,000 that will go towards the total wage costs for every new apprenticeship in accordance with the National Minimum Wage, currently £6.95 an hour. The employer will need to pay the remaining wage costs for the apprentice.

The Applicant must be based in Northern Ireland. An organisation can submit its own application, or may otherwise work in collaboration to submit partnership applications. Apprenticeships may be shared between multiple organisations; however there should be a lead applicant.

Apprenticeship pathways will be funded that are relevant to the arts and cultural workforce which may include live events & promotion, technical theatre (stage, light and sound), costume and wardrobe, cultural venue operations, cultural heritage, community arts and business administration.

The apprentice will need to be between the ages of 16 and 24 and should be employed for at least 21 hours a week for a minimum of two years. Prospective apprentices must be unemployed at the time of their application.

The next deadline for this scheme will be 27 January 2017.

For further information, interested parties should visit the Creative & Cultural Skills website

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