As part of its ongoing commitment to sector workforce development, Yorkshire Dance is pleased to welcome its first formal paid apprentice, a new role developed within its Operations Team. Please welcome the appointment of Callum Powell as Studio Operations Apprentice.
As part of the small Operations Team, Callum will be working on reception, supporting event management and being part of the team that keeps the dance studios and building running smoothly. Callum will be on the apprenticeship for 12 months.
After completing his GCSEs in 2012, Callum was keen to find a job, whilst continuing with his studies. The new, entry level opportunity with Yorkshire Dance matched both requirements and connected with his own experience as a national competition level break dancer.
Callum says, “After getting my GCSEs, I wanted to find a job. I quickly realised I needed work experience and some more qualifications, but I also need to earn some money. The apprenticeship at Yorkshire Dance allows me to get all three. I will learn as much as I can here – one day I hope to open my own dance studio.”
Yorkshire Dance is delivering the apprenticeship in partnership with Leeds City College who managed the recruitment and selection process and will support Callum in obtaining an NVQ Level 2 qualification in Supporting Cultural and Heritage Venue Operations.
Joanne Adams, Creative Apprenticeship Assessor at Leeds City College, says, “Yorkshire Dance has created a fantastic opportunity for a young person to start a career in the arts sector. We are pleased to be supporting this apprenticeship and wish Callum every success.”
This paid apprenticeship has been created 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. More information here.