The Garage is excited to announce the launch of a new training programme for 18-25 year olds which will introduce learners to the wide variety of work and roles that exist within the creative Industries and support them to take their next steps into training or work.

Please find more information in the below sections.

This programme is for people aged 18-25 years old who are interested in a career in the Creative Industries and who are not currently in education/training, are unemployed or economically inactive. They must have permission to live in the UK and to work in an EU Country.

The programme is designed to support you where you are at right now regardless of whether you have left school unsure about what direction to take, not knowing much about Creative Careers, or have been to University and already had some training. The weekly sessions will help you to think about what skills you want to learn from here and identify how the skills you already have can get you to your next step.

The Creative Industries cover a wide range of environments, jobs and roles.

These are some of the career areas that are generally thought of as creative:

  • Art and design, including product, graphic and fashion design, artist, and art gallery curator
  • Crafts
  • Creative or Artistic Community Projects
  • Events Management
  • Film, TV and radio, including broadcast production
  • Photography and video
  • Museums and libraries, for example curator or library assistant
  • Careers in music, performing/production
  • Careers involving writing
  • Careers in theatre
  • Careers in dance
  • Events
  • Circus
  • Game Design
  • Entertainment
  • Technicians – lighting, sound
  • Backstage including costume, make-up, effects
  • Arts Organisations

The programme starts on 1 February and ends 10 May 2021.

There is a 1-week break for February half-term on the week commencing 15 February and a 2-week break for Easter week commencing 29 March.

Every Week

Tuesdays, 1-3pm: Group session

Thursdays, 1-3pm: Group session & 3.30-4.30pm: Industry Expert Talk

1 hour, one to one mentoring session at a time that suits you and your mentor (this will be arranged once you are accepted onto the programme.)

Every Other Week

In additional to the weekly sessions listed above, every other week there will be a group visit/trip to a creative organisation. We anticipate these visits/trips will take up approximately 3-5 hours.

This is an introduction to the Creative Industries and will touch on a range of topics, designed to inspire you and capture your interest for future training and work.

This programme is not designed to give you specific practical training in any artform, but is intended to widen your understanding of different creative careers and set you on the path to having one.

The aim of the programme is to support you into training, education, or work – to help build up your confidence and aspirations.

Yes, this programme is designed as an introduction and we aim to show you how your interest in for example ‘music’ or ‘design’ links in with different creative working environments.

Your mentor is there to give you advice and guidance especially for you. So, when you find something interesting on the programme you and your mentor can discuss it and see what opportunities exist for further learning. Your mentor will also use the sessions to record what you are learning, what skills you are developing and set you targets to achieve.

There are no qualifications attached to this programme. Success will be 80% or higher in attendance alongside supporting you on to your next training/education programme or into work.

The group sessions and industry expert talks will take place in a studio at The Garage, Norwich, NR2 1NY.

The Garage has worked hard to become a COVID secure venue. If the building closes due to the pandemic, then the group sessions and industry expert talks will move online and be delivered via Zoom.

Your weekly one to one mentoring session can take place in The Garage venue or via Zoom – this will be arranged between yourself and you mentor to suit you both.

The group trips/visits will be to organisations in Norfolk who work in the Creative Industries.

If you cannot afford the travel costs we may be able to help, please talk to us about this at interview.

If you want to apply for this programme please email info@thegarage.org.uk or call 01603 283382. Leave your name, an email and contact number so that we can get in touch to arrange an interview and initial assessment.

This programme if free – if you gain a place it is important that you are aware that this programme has been made possible by European Social Fund and Norfolk County Council.

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