Media Release: £100,000 funding awarded to support ten traineeships


Traineeships to boost career prospects of people looking to work in the arts, screen and creative industries

£100,000 funding has been awarded through Creative Scotland to support ten full-time, year-long traineeships across the arts, screen and creative industries.

The Traineeship Programme aims to support the employment prospects for people aged 20-30 years, interested in developing a career in arts and culture, by creating valuable work experience opportunities.

Traineeships will take place at Africa In Motion (AiM) Film Festival, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Media Education, Starcatchers and Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS) in Edinburgh; GMAC Film and Barrowland Ballet in Glasgow; Ayr Gaiety Theatre in Ayrshire; The Pier Arts Centre in Orkney, and with Jewellery designer Eileen Gatt in the Highlands.

Leonie Bell, director of Arts and Engagement, Creative Scotland, said: “Creative Scotland is committed to supporting the creation of opportunities for young people to gain employment, work experience and vocational qualifications in the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland.

“These traineeships 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.”

Traineeships will be offered across the following areas:

Visual Arts:

Assistant curator (Programme Team) – Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
Gallery Programmes Trainee:

Exhibitions, Learning & Digital (Curatorial and Education) – The Pier Arts Centre


Shadow curator – Africa In Motion (AiM) Film Festival

Online film content developer – GMAC Film

Trainee project assistant / member of production team – Media Education

Theatre and Dance:

Starcatchers trainee associate artist – Starcatchers Productions

Programme officer (Programming Department) – Ayr Gaiety

Dance participation artist, Participation and Outreach Department – Barrowland Ballet


Eileen Gatt: Jewellery designer/maker


Digital and Language Resources trainee – TRACS based at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

All Traineeships will be advertised on Creative Scotland’s Opportunities site:

On hosting a trainee Irene Kernan, director Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, said: “The Creative Scotland Traineeship will support Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s aims of developing talent and supporting young artists in their careers.

“Being able to employ a trainee for a full year provides a valuable opportunity for us to bring new approaches and skills to the staff team and further develop our public programme to connect with local audiences.”


Notes to Editors:

  1. 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 Living Wage and Trainees must be paid a minimum of £7.85 per hour. Should the 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 about the programme please visit:
  2. 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. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit Follow us @creativescots and
  3. Creative Scotland distributes funding from two main sources, the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.  We do this through three funding routes Regular Funding, Open Project Funding and Targeted Funding. Targeted Funding address specific activities and development needs in a sector, specialism, and/or geographic area, and is shaped in response to sectoral reviews, strategic planning and consultation with external partners.

Media Contact

Sophie Bambrough Media Relations & PR Officer, Creative Scotland.
T: 0330 333 2000
D: 0131 523 0015
M: 07747 606 146

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