The Garage is excited to announce the launch of our 2022 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 training programme is for people aged 18-30 years old who are interested in a career in the Creative Industries. It is suitable for people who are not currently in education/training, are unemployed/economically inactive or on zero-hour contracts or currently working but would like to find out more about local creative careers and opportunities.

It is suitable for people who have existing creative skills, training or experience but are unsure how to put these skills to professional use.

It is designed to support you where you are at right now – you may have been to university and studied on a Creative Course but find yourself are unsure how to break into the creative industries, or you may have self-taught yourself artistic skills and be wondering how you can turn your passion into creative work/employment. 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 get you to your next step.

The programme began on Tuesday 8 February 2022, it runs for 14-weeks ending the week commencing 23 May 2022. 

There is a 2-week break for Easter week commencing 4 April. 

Group Sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 12.30-3.30pm starting 8 February for 10-weeks finishing on Tuesday 26 April.

Industry Expert Talks and Organisation Visits will take place on Wednesdays from 12.30-3.30pm starting 9 February for 10-weeks finishing on Wednesday 27 April.

Individual Mentoring weekly hour sessions will start the week commencing 7 March for 10-weeks finishing the week commencing 23 May. The mentoring sessions are arranged individually at a convenient time for you and your mentor.

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 for future training and work.

This programme is not designed to give you specific practical training any artform but is intended to widen your understanding of different creative careers, introduce you to local creative & 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:

The Creative Industries – Jobs, Roles, Sectors

What Creative Jobs and 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 freelances – 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 Musuem

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

The aim of the programme is to support you into training, education, work experience, volunteering or employment and to help build up your confidence and aspirations.

Yes, this programme is designed as an introduction and we aim to show you how your interest in for example ‘music’ or ‘design’ links in with different creative working environments.

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 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.

The Garage has worked hard to become a COVID19 secure venue. If the building closes due to the pandemic, then the group sessions and Industry Expert Talks will move online and be delivered via Zoom.

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

The group trips/visits will be to organisations in Norfolk who work in the Creative Industries.

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 [email protected] or call 01603 283382. Leave your name, an email and contact number so that we can get in touch to arrange an interview and initial assessment.

In the email header please write ICI Application. 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 programme if free – if you gain a place it is important that you are aware that this programme has been made possible by New Anglia LEP and Norfolk Community Foundation.