Factory’s arts apprentices

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Manchester International Festival has announced a training programme for up to 10,000 unemployed young people.

Factory Futures, attached the MIF’s arts space The Factory currently being built in the city, is a response to the Covid crisis and is part of the Factory Academy which was launched two years ago to bring more young people in the region into the creative industries.

“We’re putting skills and training opportunities at the heart of the Factory” said John McGrath, CEO of the MIF and the Factory. “Through the Factory Academy young people from Manchester and the city region are already gaining valuable experience as an entry point for the creative industries, which are an increasingly important part of our city’s economy. Over the next five years we’re creating thousands of new training opportunities – including roles as part of the MIF team as we prepare for next year’s festival.”

Over the next five years 1,400 young people aged between 19-24, unemployed or on universal credit, will take part in a range of pre-employment training programmes including work experience programmes, traineeships and paid internships. Thousands more will benefit from further learning and engagement opportunities including online learning, masterclasses, open days and workshops. And over the next year 140 young people will be able to start with a two-week creative training academy starting in October providing key digital skills, behind-the-scenes insights, and guidance from industry experts.

The Factory Academy is supported by the Greater Manchester Cultural Skills Consortium which includes Brighter Sounds, Contact, HOME, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Jewish Museum, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester Museum, Manchester International Festival (MIF), Octagon Theatre Bolton, Oldham Coliseum Opera House, Palace Theatre, People's History Museum, Royal Exchange Theatre, Royal Northern College of Music, Science and History Museum, The Lowry, Walk the Plank and Z-Arts.


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