Youth employment in the arts

Youth employment in the arts

Youth employment in the arts

Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, in partnership with ArtsReady, will offer two full-time, one year paid traineeships in 2015 for young people interested in working in the arts.

The new traineeships offer a rare opportunity for young people to get their foot in the door of the arts sector, combining practical hands-on experience with vocational education in arts administration.

Commencing in March 2015, two trainees will work with the staff team at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, developing skills in business administration, events and marketing. In addition to the hands-on experience gained through workplace learning, the trainees will attain a nationally accredited Certificate III in Business or a Certificate III in Events. Trainees will be supported by a qualified mentor and will be assisted to seek employment at the end of their traineeship.

The ArtsReady program is a sustainable local traineeship model for young people, offering new pathways into the arts and creative industries. Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres is the first arts organisation in the ACT to offer youth employment through ArtsReady, and to champion this nationally recognised and Australian Government supported program.

For Joseph Falsone, Director of Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, creating local arts employment opportunities in Canberra is not only critically important for young people, it’s also an investment in developing the next generation of arts leaders:

“Canberra’s youth are confident, creative and driven to make a difference in the arts. Right now there’s a strong tide of youth arts activity in this city, but very few paid employment opportunities or formal paths into a stable arts career. We’ll be giving two young people a chance at Ainslie and Gorman, in partnership with ArtsReady. We’ll be supporting the individual trainees, while also growing the pool of trained arts workers in the ACT and raising the profile of arts careers. In return, our centres will benefit from their unique creative perspectives and their readiness to contribute to the local arts scene.”

ArtsReady is designed as a partnership with young Australians and the arts and creative sector through an entry-level training and support model that combines practical experience at work with vocational education. ArtsReady is an initiative of AFL SportsReady and supported by the Australian Government. AFL SportsReady is a national not for profit company that has facilitated employment and education for over 12,000 young Australians since 1994. Andrew Murray, General Manager of ArtsReady, says:

“We are very excited about this new partnership with Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres. As one of the capital’s largest collective of professional artists and arts companies, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a young person looking to begin their career in the arts industry under the guidance and stewardship of Joseph and his team.

ArtsReady traineeships are designed to support young people with the opportunity to get real industry experience and a qualification. It’s the supported start in the industry that young people need.”

Recruitment is now underway, with ArtsReady and Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres seeking trainees to commence in March 2015. Applications close 15 January 2015. To apply for these positions please visit or call 02 8333 8013.

For media interviews or for more information, please do not hesitate to contact Miranda Borman, Marketing and Communications Officer for Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres on 6162 1739 or [email protected]