Creative & Cultural Skills are delighted to announce the continuation of the Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme in 2019 – 2020 with funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Department for Communities.
The programme will help creative businesses to create a further 40 paid internship opportunities for young people aged 16-24 wishing to pursue a career in the arts and cultural sector across Northern Ireland.
What is the Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme?
The first round of the Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme provided grants to 59 creative businesses who created 89 apprentice and paid intern opportunities in Northern Ireland. The aim of the programme is to provide creative organisations with grants to part cover the wages of an intern.
Through the NI CEP we will provide part wage grants to employers who create new internship opportunities for young people aged 16-24. Employers will need to make an application for funding to us in order to access a part-wage grant.
NI CEP will provide up to £2500 per paid internship based on the applicant creating a paid position for a minimum of 26 weeks of employment at 30 hours per week. The intern must be aged 16 – 24 and paid at least the National Minimum Wage. The young people can be from all backgrounds including graduates to those with few or no qualifications.
Who can access the Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme?
The programme is open to applications from employers within the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s footprint: music, dance, drama, literature, visual arts, craft, festivals, arts venues, community arts, galleries, museums, circus and carnival arts but will also accept applications from the wider creative sector including digital, film and TV. This includes all employers, both commercial and subsidised.
Making an application
There will only be one round for this programme, closing at 5pm on 7 February 2020. All paid internships supported through this programme need to have started by July 2020 and completed by 31 January 2021.
All information about the programme including the application form can be found online here.
For more information or to discuss any aspect of the programme in more detail please contact the NI CEP team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07880 230 594
Deadline for applications is: 5pm on 7 February 2020