Apprentices and Interns of the Creative Employment Programme

 9 May 2017

From 2014-2016, 23 internships and 6 apprenticeships were created in arts, culture and heritage organisations across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. Hear from some of them to find out where they are now

Eilis Davis and Dave Young, Diverse City Interns. Photo credit: Andy Beeson
Eilis Davis and Dave Young, Diverse City Interns. Photo credit: Andy Beeson

Eilis Davis – Diverse City

Then: Joined Diverse City on a 6 month internship working across the company with a diverse group of young people, producing shows and events. She also got to work on an international collaboration.

Now: Works in the permanent core team and leads on their youth work supporting training and pathways for young people who are disabled and non-disabled. Eilis is now looking ahead to grow the Youth Theatre and make some work that is socially and politically important in the current climate.

“The creative employment programme enabled me to take that leap into a full time arts career. Having come from a low income background it always felt like a huge gamble to do what I really wanted. Taking a risk is hard - particularly into a career that is deemed so uncertain by many but with huge thanks to the Arts Development Company and Diverse City it's a jump that I never look back on.”

Dave Young – Diverse City

Then: Did a six months’ Theatre Maker Traineeship at Graeae Theatre Company and also worked as Company Assistant for Ramps on the Moon production of Tommy at The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Now: Freelance performer and poet

Jack Byford – b-side

Then: Joined b-side on an internship as their Festival Production and Marketing Assistant working on installations. He got to shadow respective artists, producers and arts professionals.

Now: Jack currently works for Dorset County Council as a Technician of Music and Media, supporting various events and working with students at secondary and post 16 level. He’s also employed by AFC Bournemouth as their match day Technician, operating sound and video applications across their premier league campaign and major TV broadcasts.

My internship has allowed me the opportunity to work within an industry about which I am truly passionate 

He will be leaving DCC and taking up a full time role at Mobile Media Ltd (currently being rebranded as The M Group) as their Sound and Video Technician at the end of the month.

Jack also works freelance for a number of venues/organisations in the area including Poole Lighthouse, BIC and Pavilion Theatre.

“I was offered my role at b-side after a stint of unemployment and remember being quite shy and unconfident in general. Since completing my internship I feel I've gone from strength to strength both personally and professionally and thank b-side for the experience and offering me the 'kick' I definitely needed!

“I finished my role at b-side 2 years ago and have gone from intern to fully fledged Technician in that time. I intend to continue my progression through the industry in the future and end up in Technical Management, self-employment or Touring within Technical Theatre or Events.”

Adam Weeks – Artslink  

Then: Worked with artists from across the South West on an internship helping them do what they love and get paid.  

Now: He currently works as an ICT technician in a primary school in Yeovil; with the opportunity to teach ICT and music technology occasionally.  Recently he’s been part of a band called Banana High and they released an EP earlier in the year which is now available on iTunes and Spotify. Currently working on another EP, they have been getting quite a few features in online blogs and magazines.

“My internship at Artslink gave me my understanding of how an organisation and how business works. Most importantly it showed me that it is possible to have a career in the creative arts. The Creative Employment Programme taught me that you don't need to make it to make money and live.”

Zoe Pritchard – Weymouth Library

Then: Studied a Business and Administration apprenticeship at Weymouth Library.

Now: Works full time at the library since completing her NVQ.

Sophie Lloyd – Creative Dorset, South Dorset Ridgeway

Then: Was the marketing intern at Creative Dorset, South Dorset Ridgeway

Since completing my internship I feel I've gone from strength to strength both personally and professionally 

Now: Sophie works as the marketing and digital content co-ordinator for an art gallery and is also a freelance journalist.

“My internship introduced me to arts marketing as a career choice and taught me a lot of marketing techniques and creative skills that I still use today.”

Camilla Martin – Creative Dorset, AONB

Then: Worked as an intern at AONB making films and managing their website

Now:  She works as a freelance artist with her own studio based in Chester. She also works part-time in holiday cottage sales and also does a bit of tutoring and is considering doing a PGCE for next year in order to become a teacher. Camilla has also been shortlisted for the Royal Academy summer exhibition and is currently exhibiting her work at Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival.

“My internship was helpful in that it helped me realise I am not suited to a job behind a desk and that I like being my own boss. I learned lots of new skills such as google analytics, running a website, writing copy and prioritising.

Molly Scarborough – b-side

Then: Joined b-side on an internship as their Festival Production and Marketing Assistant, working with young people & helping with particular projects.

Now: Continues to work for b-side part time as their Programme Assistant on a freelance basis

“I enjoyed being a valuable member of a small team in an arts organisation that is working in rural Dorset trying to make a difference - it was and is very exciting. I plan to apply for the new job b-side are creating as I’d love to be able to have a creative input to their future plans.”

Rachel Dunford – The Arts Development Company

Then: Worked at The Arts Development Company as an intern.

The creative employment programme enabled me to take that leap into a full time arts career. 

Now: Works as a part time Office and Publicity Assistant with Artsreach and Bridport Arts Centre and also does freelance marketing for Dorset Pottery Group and works part time as a Cultural Education Researcher for The Arts Development Company

“My internship has allowed me the opportunity to work within an industry about which I am truly passionate. I have already met and worked with some inspiring people and feel like I am on my way to great things."

Jazmine Colley – Town Mill Gallery, Lyme Regis      

Then: Worked as an intern for Town Mill Gallery

Now: Works as the Assistant artistic director for Town Mill Gallery part time

“My internship has helped me to not only learn new skills but to develop existing skills too. Working directly from the gallery has given me a more hands on experience and flavour of what my job role includes. I am now self-employed working on a part-time basis for Town Mill Arts who I started my internship with.”

Madeleine Lund, Head of Grant Management, Creative Employment Programme

"The Arts Development Company (formerly DepARTure Arts) successfully applied for two pots of CEP funding to create 29 opportunities, for young people across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.

They worked closely with a range of employers including Museums, Libraries and Theatre, to create apprenticeships and paid internships in a variety of roles. They actively recruited for a diverse cohort of young people to fulfill those roles and the success of their programme is clear to see in the case studies here."

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