Applications Open for New Creative Apprenticeship Opportunities in Manchester

Manchester International Festival welcomes four new creative apprenticeship opportunities delivered by The Factory Academy

Applications Open for New Creative Apprenticeship Opportunities in Manchester

Want to work behind the scenes at an arts venue?

Manchester International Festival (MIF) is working with four of Manchester’s leading arts organisations to employ a Creative Venue Technician Apprentice in each, giving you the opportunity to gain valuable skills, practical experience and behind the scenes insight into the industry.

The apprenticeship will last 2 years including 18 months experience and training, plus a 6 month assessment period. Each apprentice will be contracted to 40 hours per week: £16,016 – £17,076.80 per year.

Application deadline: 5 December

As part of MIF's vision for The Factory, their new venue for creativity and the arts, these Creative Venue Technician Apprenticeships are a unique opportunity to equip you with the necessary skills to begin your career in the creative industries.

The four Manchester organisations offering apprenticeship roles in partnership with MIF are:

Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is a leading, modern university with a history of education since 1824. Manchester Metropolitan University Apprentices will work with the Technical Services Technicians to support staff and students of the School of Theatre to put on their productions whilst also working with the wider performance team and assisting the galleries team with technical elements of exhibitions.

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The Royal Exchange Theatre

The Royal Exchange Theatre (RET), is an award-winning theatre, producing world-class theatre in the heart of Manchester.

As a Creative Venue Technician Apprentice, you will play an active part in the technical operation of the venue – working on elements such as lighting, audio and scene changes and using a variety of tools to make, install and maintain scenery and other equipment.

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HOME is a centre for international contemporary culture with two theatres, five cinemas, an art gallery, a book shop and restaurant. HOME works with international and UK artists to produce extraordinary theatrical experiences, producing an exciting mix of drama, dance and festivals, with a strong focus on international work, new commissions and talent development.

As a member of the Technical Team, you will work to support touring shows who are visiting the venue, and companies HOME works with to create performances and events. In the role, you would support the Technical and the Lighting, Sound, and Video teams to help deliver the technical needs of the venue.

Apply here

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In 2020, The Lowry will celebrate two decades of cultural enrichment in Salford. Since its opening in 2000 they have welcomed more than 16 million visitors, 5,400 productions, 150 exhibitions and 234,000 learning and engagement participants to their building.

During the two-year apprenticeship scheme, you will be able to have hands-on experience in all disciplines within technical theatre including Lighting, Sound, Audio Visual, Rigging, Stage and Counterweight Flying.

Apply here

Launched earlier this year, the new Factory Academy is a key part of MIF's vision to put skills and training opportunities at the heart of The Factory, the future home of MIF.

Working in partnership with training providers and arts organisations in the region, The Factory Academy will deliver a range of apprenticeships and training opportunities over the next few years with the aim of diversifying the workforce.

The training schemes are delivered by The Factory Academy in partnership with the National College of Creative Industries and Access Creative College.

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Oscar Lister

Oscar Lister

Manchester International Festival (MIF) is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events. The Festival is staged every two years in Manchester, UK – the next edition will take place 4 – 21 July 2019 at venues all over the city.

We bring together artists from different art forms and backgrounds to create dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking new work, which we stage in a rich tapestry of venues across Greater Manchester – from theatres, galleries and concert halls to railway depots, churches and car parks. We work closely with venues, festivals and other cultural organisations around the world, whose financial and creative input helps to make many of our projects possible and guarantees that they have a life after each Festival has ended.

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