Media Release: Your Career Start In The Arts
Date: 28th October, 2019
Thanks to a progressive new Victorian Government initiative delivered by ArtsReady, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people will have the opportunity to get their career start with some of the best businesses in the arts and other creative industries.
Traineeships are now on offer with popular Victorian-based companies including music heavyweights Unified Music Group, music label Bad Apples and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Next Wave festival; Bendigo District Aboriginal Cooperative; Shepparton’s Kaiela Arts; Footscray Community Arts Centre; and creative venue the Meat Market.
The full-time traineeships span one year and include work experience in the industry, hands on training and a nationally recognised qualification. In addition, each trainee will receive the national training wage.
Trainees will also be assigned an ArtsReady Field Officer and an Aboriginal Mentor as well as a dedicated First Peoples Liaison Officer to support them throughout their traineeship journey.
ArtsReady General Manager, Andrew Murray, believes this one of a kind program will help build the next generation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander leaders in the creative industries.
“These roles will provide Aboriginal young people with the training, skills and knowledge they need to launch their career in the arts and creative industries. We want to empower young Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander creatives and support them to achieve their aspirations in the creative field, as employers, entrepreneurs and leaders.”
“We are working with some of best of the best organisations. These opportunities don’t come by very often,” he added.
Senior Manager, First Peoples at Creative Victoria, Kylie Belling, also believes in the potential of the program.
“In line with the principle of Aboriginal self-determination, we must ensure we invest in our young people and provide opportunities for them to pursue their economic, social and cultural development. These traineeships, with embedded support at all stages, are a great way to start them on this journey.”
The program is delivered as part of the Victorian Government’s Tharamba Bugheen: Victorian Aboriginal Business Strategy 2017-2021 and First Peoples Action Plan for the Creative Industries.
Applications are now open for these traineeships. Visit the open positions here and get your creative career started.