Newry woman named Northern Ireland Apprentice of the Year

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Thursday, December 15th, 2016
danielle-travers-ccs-skills-award-danielle-traversDanielle Travers has been named Northern Ireland Apprentice of the Year for her work with Newry’s Sticky Fingers Arts in the NI Creative & Cultural Awards. The NI Creative & Cultural Skills Awards show that youthful potential and creativity can be developed through support from employers, educators and the opportunity of paid apprenticeships and internships. Danielle, a Community Arts Management Apprentice, was nominated for the award as her employers said she is one of the most outstanding apprentices they have ever had and took the initiative on a major project on Native American art. Article continues below: 2nd-dec-2016-big-boxSara Graham, Nations Director of Creative and Cultural Skills, explained that now more than ever young people need a chance to get a foot on the career ladder. “It can be incredibly difficult to land that first paid job within the creative industries and we are celebrating not only the young people who are the future of the sector but also the tutors and the employers who foster and develop that emerging talent,” she said. Creative & Cultural Skills supports the industry in many ways including through the NI Creative Employment Programme, which provides funding to employers for internships and apprenticeships within the sector. The programme is supported by the Arts Council for NI Lottery Fund. These are paid apprenticeships and internships challenging the culture of unpaid work and creating new entry level jobs.
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30th-nov-2016-small-boxSara added, “We know the sector is under financial pressure but through the NI Creative Employment Programme, finance is available for organisations in the creative industries to employ apprentices and interns for totally new posts. “In the past year, the programme has invested £151,500 to help create 42 new jobs and there will be another three funding rounds in 2017. The aim is to support both our growing creative economy and promote a fairer and more diverse sector.”
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