Introduction to the Creative Industries Programme 2023

The Garage is excited to announce the launch of our 2023 Introduction to the Creative Industries Programme.

This programme is for 18-30 year olds which will introduce learners to the wide variety of work and roles that exist within the creative Industries and support them to take their next steps into training or work.

Please find more information in the below sections.

This programme is for people aged 18-30 years old who have some experience in the creative arts and who are interested in pursuing a career in the Creative Industries.  

This introductory programme will touch on a range of topics, designed to inspire you and capture your interest for future training and work. 

This programme is not designed to give you specific practical training in any artform but is intended to widen your understanding of different creative careers, introduce you to local creative and cultural organisations, help you to explore local opportunities, give you an insight into the careers of local people working in the Creative Industries and an insight into the pathways/journeys they have taken to get where they are today. 

The weekly sessions will help you to think about what skills you want to learn from here and identify how the skills you already have can help you take your next steps. 

The programme starts on Tuesday the 4 April 2023, the weekly group sessions run for 11-weeks until Wednesday 14 June. Individual Mentoring continues until Friday 7 July.

Group Training Sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 1pm-4pm, starting Tuesday 4 April for 11-weeks finishing on Tuesday 13 June (no led session Tuesday 30 May). 

Industry Expert Talks and Organisation Visits will take place on Wednesdays from 1pm-3pm, starting Wednesday 5 April for 11-weeks finishing on Wednesday 14 June (no led session Wednesday 31 May). 

Creative Time is where a studio will be available for the group to use each Wednesday from 10am-12pm to work creatively either as individuals or with other members of the group. We are keen to encourage people to explore their own creativity or creative projects while they are on the programme. The group may decide to use this time to work on a group project/performance/exhibition to deliver at the end of the programme. Starting Wednesday 5 April for 11-weeks. 

Individual Mentoring weekly sessions will start week commencing 8 May for 10-weeks finishing by Friday 7 July. The mentoring sessions are arranged individually at a convenient time for you and your mentor. 

Overview 

  • Tuesdays 1pm-4pm – Group Training (3 hours)
  • Wednesdays 10am-12pm – Creative Time (2 hours)
  • Wednesdays 1pm-3pm – Industry Expert Talks/Organisation Visits (2 hours)
  • Mentoring arranged at a suitable time between mentor and individuals (up to 1 hour) 

This is an introduction to the Creative Industries and as such will touch on a range of topics, designed to inspire you and capture your interest in future training and work.

This programme is not designed to give you specific practical training in any artform but is intended to widen your understanding of different creative careers, introduce you to local creative and cultural organisations, help you to explore local opportunities and give you an insight into the careers of local people working in the Creative Industries and the pathways/journeys they have taken to get where they are.

Some of the topics and organisations that will be explored during the programme are listed below. Partner organisations offer either talks about specific job roles, or site tours to give you a flavour of their working environments:

The Creative Industries – Jobs, Roles, Sectors 

  • What creative jobs am I interested in?
  • What existing skills do I have? What skills do I need? 


Learning, Training and Experience Opportunities
 

  • The Norfolk & Norwich festival 


Festivals – Creative Playgrounds
 

  • The Maui Waui Festival
  • The Backstage World
  • The National Centre for Writing
  • Creative Community Projects
  • Lost In Translation Circus 


Project Management – How to manage my own creative projects
 

Finding Local Jobs and Creative Opportunities 

The Life of a Freelancer – How to Become Self-Employed 

Arts Council England – What do they do? How can they help? 

Norwich City Events Team – Large and Small-Scale Events 

Norwich Castle Museum 

Your mentor will also be able to introduce you to individuals and organisations specific to your interests. 

The aim of the programme is to build your confidence, inspire you and support you into training, education, work experience, volunteering, employment or self-employment. 

Your mentor is there to give advice and guidance tailored to your needs and interests. So, when you find something interesting on the programme you and your mentor can discuss it and see what opportunities exist for further learning. Your mentor will also use the sessions to record what you are learning, what skills you are developing and set you targets to achieve. 

There are no qualifications attached to this programme. Success will be 80% or higher in attendance alongside supporting you on to your next step for a creative career, this will differ for each person on the programme and may involve one or more of the following: training, education, work experience, volunteering, employment.

The Tuesday group sessions will take place at The Garage, Norwich, NR2 1NY.

The Wednesday Industry Expert Talks and Organisation Trips will take place either at The Garage or at local Creative Organisations Venues.  

Your weekly one-to-one mentoring session can take place in The Garage venue or via Zoom, this will be arranged between you and your mentor to suit you both.

If you cannot afford the travel costs we may be able to help, please talk to us about this at interview. 

If you want to apply for this programme, please email recruitment@thegarage.org.uk.

In the email header please write ICI Application 

In the email, please tell us your name and give us a contact email and phone number that you are happy for us to use to contact you to arrange an interview and initial assessment to find out if you are suitable for the programme, this will take place either in person a The Garage or via Zoom. 

This programme is free – if you gain a place it is important that you are aware that this programme has been made possible by The Henry Smith Charity.

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