Digital Content Creator Apprenticeship for IDEA13 in Thurrock

Metal is a charity arts organisation based in Southend, Peterborough and Liverpool, currently setting up a new base in Thurrock. Idea13.org is a website developed and run by Metal as a one stop shop for cultural information and events.

We are looking for an apprentice to help us run the IDEA13 blog in Thurrock.

Digital Content Creator Apprenticeship for IDEA13 in Thurrock

Metal is a charity arts organisation based in Southend, Peterborough and Liverpool, currently setting up a new base in Thurrock. Idea13.org is a website developed and run by Metal as a one stop shop for cultural information and events.

We are looking for an apprentice to help us run the IDEA13 blog in Thurrock.

This position is available to unemployed people aged 16-24 based in Thurrock, and offers gaining experience in using WordPress blogging tool, SEO, tags, plugins, image and video editing and e-marketing. This job has been created as part of the Creative Employment Programme and it's part of a programme to broaden entry routes to creative industry jobs funded through Thurrock Council, CCSkills and Arts Council England.

The successful candidate will be offered initial training after which they will be allowed to work on their own with regular supervision and evaluation.

The apprentice will be working 30 hours/week in total: 1 day attending college and 3 days working (flexible hours).

The IDEA13 office will be based at the Thameside Theatre, Orsett Rd, Grays, Essex RM17 5DX

Salary: £159 per week / £8,268 per annum 12 month contract

Duties:

  • Researching interesting culture-related news items and opportunities to put on Idea13's blog
  • Writing and adding new blog posts using WordPress
  • Researching, editing and adding photos and videos to blog posts
  • Interviewing artists / filming, editing and posting onto Idea13 TV
  • Managing users and the user directory
  • Adding new events coming up
  • Preparing weekly newsletter
  • Promoting the site at events and exhibitions
  • Promoting the site on social media

This job description is a guide to the nature of the work. It is not wholly comprehensive or restrictive and may be reviewed with the Post Holder and Line Manager as required.

Skills required:

  • Good working knowledge of digital technology
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Keen interest in the arts and music
  • Willingness to learn new skills
  • Creativity and resourcefulness
  • Ability to troubleshoot
  • Ability to work independently
  • Enthusiasm
  • Ability to work flexible hours

Closing Date: 9 November 2015

Interviews from: 16 November 2015

Possible start date: 1 December 2015

TO APPLY, send your cover letter and a copy of your CV to Emma Mollica on [email protected].

Further information:

About Idea13

Idea13.org is a website developed and run by Metal as a one stop shop for cultural information and events. It has been running very successfully since 2008 with a focus on the Southend on Sea area. It has around 15,000 unique users with around 45,000 hits each year. We are now looking to expand the site along the South Essex corridor to include the borough of Thurrock. The current website will be developed to provide Thurrock with its own distinct navigation and content as follows:-

  • What's On calendar
  • Idea13 TV - a lively, video-led, preview and review site for events that are coming up or currently on
  • Featured Artist – profiling a SE Essex artist each month
  • Directory – listings of all member profiles – artists / creative industries etc
  • Trailblazing – a blog / news page for the cultural entitlement / youth projects across Thurrock
  • The Fence – a virtual fence for fly posting marketing posters
  • Submit an event – an easy to use form for anyone to use to post events (mediated)
  • About – a page about Idea13

About Metal

Metal was founded in London in 2002 by Jude Kelly OBE. We have been active in Liverpool since 2004, in Southend-on-Sea since 2007 and in Peterborough since 2012. In each place, we work from buildings of historic significance that we have transformed from empty or derelict spaces into vibrant cultural community hubs.

From these bases, we work to provide the catalyst that can transform the potential of people and places through great art and inspiring ideas. We support artists from the UK and overseas, working in all disciplines, at all career levels, providing opportunities for them to develop their work and create new projects.

We create large- scale, participatory projects that respond to our immediate environment and involve people of all ages and from all walks of life. We curate exhibitions and events which attracts audiences to share in great music and art.

All our spaces provide space for artists in residence and incubation space for artists' studios and other creative industry organizations. They are also well used by numerous community groups for meetings, workshops, performance, artist's talks and the development of networks and ideas. We operate through a wide range of partnerships, ranging from Arts Council England, our local authorities, agencies such as the Local Economic Partnerships, Cycle Southend, Vivacity, Music Hubs and Bridge Organisations. We also have strong working relationships with a wide range of other arts organizations, community groups, schools and HE and FE institutions.

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