Yorkshire Dance is delighted to employ two new paid interns, April Skipp and Becky Ward and a paid apprentice, Hollie Germaine, with support from the Creative Employment Programme – an Arts Council England fund to support the creation of traineeships, formal apprenticeship and paid internship opportunities in England for unemployed young people wishing to pursue a career in the arts and cultural sector.
Yorkshire Dance is proud to provide opportunities to foster the skills and ambitions of young people. The aim of employing individuals through the Creative Employment Programme is to create a mass of highly-talented professionals to continue on to serve and steer the arts into the future.
Hollie Germaine is the second Cultural Venue Operations Apprentice to join Yorkshire Dance. She has been working alongside the Operations team since mid-July and has been gaining new management skills as well as keeping the dance studios and building running smoothly.
“I love coming to work – every day is different and I feel like I am learning so much.”
Yorkshire Dance is delivering the apprenticeship in partnership with Leeds City College who managed the recruitment and selection process and will support Hollie in obtaining an NVQ Level 2 qualification in Supporting Cultural and Heritage Venue Operations.
April Skipp and Becky Ward began their work more recently this month.
April is the new Marketing and Development Intern and is working alongside Antony Dunn, Marketing and Communications Manager and Jackie Malcolm, Fundraising and Development Manager.
“I am over the moon to have been offered a full time position at Yorkshire Dance. This is an invaluable opportunity for me to gain new skills that will help me build a career in arts marketing. I have been here just 10 days and already learnt so much from Antony. I’m sure Becky would say the same thing. She has barely been here a week, and she is already involved with projects the Youth and Community team are working on. We have both settled into our new roles so quickly and are looking forward to see what the next 12 months have in store for us.”
Becky will be working together with Hannah Robertshaw and Sarah Lyon, Youth and Community Dance Director and Co-ordinator in her new role as the new Youth and Community Dance Intern. Becky will be able to use her practical skills to develop her project management skills and learn more about the community dance sector.
Yorkshire Dance’s paid internships are supported by the Creative Employment Programme, a £15m fund to support the creation of traineeships, formal apprenticeship and paid internship opportunities in England for young unemployed people aged 16-24 wishing to pursue a career in the arts and cultural sector.