Funding is available to arts and creative organisations in Scotland to support them to employ a young person who has encountered barriers to developing a career in the arts due to a lack of opportunity.
The scheme has a total budget of £100,000. Organisations can apply for up to £10,000 towards the costs of employing a trainee, and it is anticipated that up to 10 traineeships will be supported.
Organisations will be expected to offer a contract of employment and contribute all other costs towards the salary and development of the trainee.
The expectation is that trainees will work to a 35-hour working week, provided this is in line with other staff working hours in the organisation.
Creative Scotland supports a Living Wage and trainees must be paid a minimum of £7.85 per hour. Should the Living Wage rise, employers will be expected to match this.
Creative Scotland’s targeted Traineeships scheme aims to give young people who are interested in developing a career in arts and culture the chance to gain skills and experience that potential employers will value, and help boost the start of their career in the sector.
The Traineeships scheme is provided as part of Creative Scotland’s ongoing support of the Scottish Government’s youth employment agenda.
Funding cannot be used to support existing posts.
The scheme is open to arts, screen and creative organisations based in Scotland. Priority will be given to organisations currently supported by Creative Scotland, and the creation of creative posts over support or administrative roles will be prioritised.
The roles must be one year full-time and can be filled young people aged between 20 and 30 only. Funding is to support new positions – it cannot support existing posts.
Organisations that have already previously been supported through the scheme can apply again but only if they are applying for a new traineeship and if they can demonstrate this new role is different, is not a continuation of the previous traineeship, and is not part of core staffing for the organisation.
In order to meet the requirement of ensuring the trainee is paid a Living Wage, all organisations will need to provide cash partnership funding. It is anticipated that the host organisation will be expected to contribute a minimum of £4,000-£5,000.
Funding can only be used to contribute towards the salary costs of a trainee for one year.
The last deadline for applications was 19 January 2015 (5pm). Details of any further rounds will be reported should they become available.
Frequency: Not specified.
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An application form is available online.