New creative traineeship programme for 16-18 year olds launches in Newcastle

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Young people with a love for fashion and music are being offered the chance to enrol on a new 7-week creative traineeship in Newcastle

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A Newcastle -based company is giving young people the chance to work within the creative industry.

This Is Creative Enterprise (TICE), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting young students in exploring the creative sector, is working alongside one of the UK’s leading providers in education and training, Kaplan to deliver seven-week government-led traineeship programmes for young people aged between 16 – 18.

The new scheme, which starts in November, is open to young people with a love for fashion and music who want to get an apprenticeship or job but don’t yet have the appropriate skills or experience.

Jennifer Barrett, managing director of TICE and fashion mentor said: “These traineeships are centered on young people being able to access entry and experience in the creative industries. It’s extremely hard for a young person starting from 16 years to gain relevant work experience in this sector or for companies to take them on due to their lack of skills.

“In addition to the specialist creative and employability training they receive, we are working with very forward-thinking companies who recognise the benefits in starting to train young people of this age. With everyone working together there’s a very positive outlook for young people and creative traineeships.”

The traineeship scheme will provide a four-week work placement within some of the North East’s leading creative organisations plus three-weeks training with Kaplan and TICE.

Students will be introduced to the career path options within the music or fashion industry and will have the chance to gain hands-on experience such as working in the recording studio, visual merchandising, customer profiling, e-commerce and retail work experience as well as employability training from Kaplan and sector training from TICE.

Lottie Maddison, Fashion Retail Mentor, said: “Fashion retail offers a diverse range of career paths and the Fashion Retail Traineeship provides a rounded experience of the sector, allowing young people to identify the pathway that best suits their skills and strengths. The course includes industry-linked projects, work placements with high street brands and is delivered by experienced tutors and fashion industry professionals.”

Supporting the scheme and sharing knowledge and expertise with the young people are local businesses Generator and Beatdown Records as well as management and publishers of well-known music artists including Jake Bugg, Adele, Mumford & Sons and Coldplay, among others. Retailers in Newcastle involved include Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Topshop and Jules B.

TICE is planning to run the traineeships four times a year, in January, November, April and July and in 2016 traineeships in Graphics and Advertising will also be on offer.

Danielle Kershaw, national traineeships manager for Kaplan said: “Kaplan traineeships combine real work experience, employability skills and on the job training to help young people get their career off to a flying start.

“Kaplan has been delivering traineeships since August 2013 and are seen as the leaders in the field. We work in line with Ofsted expectations to ensure Kaplan endorsed creative courses offer students all the skills and support they need during their first experience of creative industries – so the students are in very safe hands.”

The first course starts at the end of November and for further information and to register your place visit www.thisiscreativeenterprise.com/creative-traineeships-2015-16/