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£90,000 support for Year of Young People Traineeships

Published: 22 Feb 2018

Nine year-long full time traineeships for young people aged between 16-24 interested in working in the arts, screen and creative industries have been supported through a Year of Young People 2018 Creative Traineeship Fund announced by Creative Scotland.

Traineeships are being supported at An Lanntair in Stornoway; Taigh Chearsabhagh in North Uist; Dundee Rep/Scottish Dance Theatre and Shaper/Caper in Dundee; Macrobert in Stirling; National Theatre of Scotland, YDance and film production company barry crerar in Glasgow and Collective Gallery in Edinburgh.

The Traineeships will help boost the career prospects of young people interested in progressing a career in the arts, screen and creative industries, by offering the opportunity to develop skills and experience needed to progress in their chosen profession by removing barriers to paid work experience.

Bòrd na Gàidhlig are supporting two of the traineeships, helping organisations to develop their creative work in Gaelic.

Glasgow-based film production company barry crerar will recruit a Junior Producer to work across a slate of projects where they will develop skills in story development, film financing, production and distribution, whilst being supported to realise their own short film production.

Rosie Crerar, co-founder, barry crerar said: “Many independent film & TV production companies in Scotland have limited infrastructure and therefore capacity for growth is restricted. A full-time trainee working with barry crerar across our company and slate is a rare opportunity for both a young filmmaker and the company. The trainee will gain the invaluable insight of the full production experience over the course of the year and the opportunity to transfer that experience to their own work. This is an exciting time for barry crerar with ample opportunity for learning and development for the trainee”.

North Uist-based Taigh Chearsabhagh Trust will host a Gaelic Film & Visual Arts Trainee who will work with the CEO and creative director to develop submissions for MG Alba. This will include shaping responses to commissions from clients and partners; working with visiting film makers and film Taigh Chearsabhagh events, exhibitions and performances. The trainee will also work on Taigh Chearsabhagh’s newly won commission to update the LearnGaelic resources.

A Trainee Gaelic Performing Arts Programmer at An Lanntair in Stornoway will be offered the opportunity to focus on the development of their skills in Gaelic Arts.

Alex MacDonald, Head of Performing Arts and Cultural Projects at An Lanntair said: “We are delighted to be able to offer a Gaelic language specific traineeship, and especially one which will offer the successful candidate this particular opportunity. An Lanntair promotes a  diverse performing arts programme, therefore our trainee will gain experience across a broad range of skills and disciplines, whilst receiving one to one tutoring as required.  We look forward to welcoming them to our team, and in what is yet another busy year, know that it will be a challenging but enjoyable experience."

Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre will take on a Wardrobe Assistant Trainee offering an opportunity for somebody looking to develop skills and pursue a career in costume construction andproviding a chance to work in a busy wardrobe department in one of Scotland’s foremost theatres.

Stirling-based Macrobert Arts Centre will host a Trainee BSL Director/Producer, providing an opportunity to develop skills in directing or producing and the professional experience required to pursue a career in the performing arts. The focus will be on developing sector understanding of and opportunities in BSL performance.

The National Theatre of Scotland will recruit a Creative Trainee, working closely with the Artistic Director they will focus on researching a new potential international theatre project. They will forge relationships with organisations and artists, with a view to creating several dynamic partnerships. The role will be an opportunity for someone to network and create connections with arts organisations and artists in Scotland and internationally and to establish new ways of exploring context and creating content.

Jackie Wylie, Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland said: “I am looking forward to welcoming a new Creative trainee who can work closely with the National Theatre of Scotland to play an instrumental role in shaping exciting future projects. As an organisation we will hugely benefit from the ideas and vision that the successful applicant will bring to the Company. We want them to help us to think differently, to bring a fresh perspective to our discussions as well as opening our eyes to new artists and practices”

Dance company Shaper Caper will host a Dance Trainee, offering an opportunity for somebody looking to develop skills and pursue a career in dance production. The trainee will join the team leading in the performance and presentation of Creative Learning projects in schools, care homes and other community settings. They will also be part of the team touring existing professional work, and contribute to the creation of new dance productions as a performer and collaborator.

Thomas Small, Artistic Director at Shaper Caper said: “‘We are delighted to receive this award from the Year of Young People Creative Traineeship Fund.  This opportunity allows us to invest in the future of a young person and provide a year-long, full time opportunity for the young artist to learn on the job skills through performing in our touring and creative learning productions which reach over 10k people a year.  We can’t wait to welcome the young person to our organisation.”

YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) will recruit a Dance Worker Trainee, working with the national dance organisation for children and young people in Scotland this traineeship offers the opportunity for a young dancer to develop the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career in participatory dance practice in a range of youth and educational settings.

Edinburgh-based art gallery Collective Gallery will host a Collective Programme Trainee. This traineeship is aimed at those looking to develop skills in production and presentation and professional experience to develop a successful career in production and presentation of Visual Arts.

Colin Bradie, Time to Shine Programme Manager at Creative Scotland said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people from across Scotland to work with organisations across the arts, screen and creative industries and gain invaluable insights into their area of interest. We are especially pleased to be supporting this fund in 2018 The Year of Young People and to work with Bòrd na Gàidhlig to support creative work in Gaelic. This fund will enable better access to jobs in the cultural sector for young people whilst also benefiting the host organisations who I’m sure will learn a great deal from their trainees.”

Daibhidh Boag, Director of Language Planning and Community Developments at Bòrd na Gàidhlig said: “We are delighted to support this initiative in this the Year of Young People and in particular that the Outer Hebrides will benefit from two young trainees bringing their Gaelic skills to the fore at An Lanntair and Taigh Chearsabhagh. This is an exciting opportunity for the young people, the host organisations and the communities in which they operate, to grow the use of Gaelic.”

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Gaelic Release: Creative Traineeship

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