Through the Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme we provide part wage grants to employers in the creative and cultural sector who create new internship job opportunities for young people aged 16-24.

A short film with apprentices, interns and employers talking about their experiences as part of the Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme.

About the Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme

The Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme aims to:

  • Support the next generation of arts and cultural professionals and enable the growth of the sector by directly addressing skills gaps and shortages.
  • Create fairer entry routes into the arts and cultural sector.
  • Increase the number of paid interns in the sector, with a view to completely eradicating unpaid internships in the long term.
  • Generate commitment to sustaining new job opportunities beyond the life of the NI CEP.
  • Establish/maintain equitable and fit for purpose recruitment practices.
  • Improve understanding of employment challenges associated with the arts.
  • Develop robust local partnerships that can help improve employment opportunities for young people.
  • Encourage greater collaboration and innovation by employers to generate jobs in the arts and cultural sector.

The first round of the Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme allowed 59 creative businesses to create 89 apprentice and paid intern opportunities in Northern Ireland.

We are delighted to be continuing the Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme in 2019 – 2020 with funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Department for Communities.

This second round of the programme allowed 24 creative businesses to create a further 33 paid internship opportunities for young people aged 16-24 wishing to pursue a career in the arts and cultural sector across Northern Ireland.

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