Media release: Cultural organisations invited to host creative trainees


£100,000 to boost career prospects of young people looking to work
in the arts, screen and creative industries
#creativitymatters #YOYP18

Deadline: Monday, 15 January 2018

CULTURAL organisations across Scotland are invited to apply for funding from Creative Scotland to host a 12-month traineeship opportunity for a young person.

£100,000 is being made available to support ten traineeships in the arts, screen and creative industries, to mark the Year of Young People 2018.

The traineeship programme aims to support employment prospects for young people aged 16-24 interested in progressing creative careers by providing valuable paid work experience opportunities.

With a total available budget of £100,000 from Creative Scotland’s Targeted Fund, organisations can apply for up to £10,000 for a full-time, year-long traineeship. It is anticipated that up to ten traineeships will be supported.

For further information, please visit here.

Once the host organisations are confirmed, all traineeships will be advertised on Creative Scotland’s Opportunities site.

Colin Bradie, Youth Arts manager, Creative Scotland, said:

“Creative Scotland is delighted to be marking the Year of Young People 2018 through enabling young people to gain paid employment experience within the arts and creative industries. The Creative Traineeship Fund celebrate this significant year through giving organisations and businesses in Scotland the opportunity to be an invaluable first step in a young artists or creatives career.

“The traineeship scheme will offer young people the opportunity to develop the skills and professional experience needed to progress in their chosen profession by removing barriers to paid work experience. At the same time, organisations will benefit from fresh, innovative ideas and enthusiasm of the trainees.”

The fund will prioritise organisations whose Traineeships will focus on, and develop, a recognised artistic or creative skill base – as opposed to more administrative or support roles. This can include an artistic or creative Traineeship across a wide range of art forms or creative fields – including (but not restricted to) film, theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, music and digital arts.

Two of the Traineeships will specifically support arts/creative organisations to host creative traineeships for young Gaelic speakers, to help them develop their creative work in Gaelic.


Notes to editors:

Organisations are being offered up to £10,000 for a full-time, year-long traineeship. Organisations will be expected to offer a contract of employment and contribute all other costs towards the salary and development of the trainee. We support a Real Living Wage and trainees must be paid a minimum of £8.75 per hour. Should the Real Living Wage rise, employers will be expected to match this (please note the Living Wage is normally announced in November each year). For further information please, visit:

The Year of Young People 2018 is an opportunity to celebrate young personalities, talents, and achievers that make-up Scotland. The year-long programme of events, activities and ideas will give young people in Scotland the opportunity to show the world what they’re made of.

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit Follow us @creativescots and

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Sophie Bambrough
Media relations and PR officer
Creative Scotland
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