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Creative Apprenticeships and Internships Programme

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The Creative Apprenticeship Programme in Northern Ireland wishes to support 100 new Apprenticeships and paid internships over a 3-year period across the arts and cultural sector, with a primary focus on the Arts Council’s remit: music, dance, drama, literature, visual arts, craft, festivals, arts venues, community arts, galleries, circus and carnival arts. 

Who can apply?

The Arts Council is looking for a provider/s to deliver the Creative Apprenticeship Programme.

The grant for the provision of the Creative Apprenticeship Programme will run from September 2014 to March 2017. The Arts Council has allocated up to £450k to the programme, of which at least £300k will be allocated to subsidise the wages of up to 100 apprenticeships or paid internships.  The level of funding can be reviewed in light of the level of demand and operational experience. The Arts Council will continue to drive the strategic development of the programme in partnership with the provider, throughout this period and beyond.

Please consult the programme guidance notes before making an application


Programme Guidance Notes
Creative Apprenticeships Application Form

Funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for this programme is £450K for April 2014 to March 2017.  The funding should be used to contribute towards the cost of wage subsidies for apprenticeships and paid internships, training and support for employers and young people, developing peer networks and delivering qualifications.  It is expected that at least £300k will be spent directly on wage subsidies. 

It is expected that the cost of training subsidies will be met by the Department of Employment and Learning.

The provider will be required to sign a funding agreement with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.   Activity will be reviewed on a quarterly basis.