Park Theatre has joined the Almeida and Sadler’s Wells in being part of an apprenticeship scheme aimed at diversifying the arts sector.
The Islington Consortium Creative Employment Programme will create 13 paid apprenticeships and internships across creative organisations in the London borough.
These will include technical, administration and producing roles and will be open to 16 to 24 year olds.
Melli Bond, creative director of Park Theatre, which will employ a technical apprentice, said: “It’s a really exciting opportunity, not just for the person who’s doing it but for us as well. Our theatre was built with training purposes in mind, so it’s really exciting.”
Launched last year, the scheme has already created 26 new, paid jobs for Islington residents in the creative industries, and applications are being encouraged from young people from low income families and black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.
“Getting people that wouldn’t normally go to the theatre is hugely important. People don’t often realise what opportunities there are to work in theatre. There are so many different levels, it’s not just about acting,” said Bond.
Councillor Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council, said that the scheme was vital in “making sure we are capturing all the creative talent Islington has to offer”.
Other organisations involved in the scheme include the National Youth Theatre, Islington Community Theatre and youth arts hub Platform.
“We need to collaborate together instead of working independently,” said Bond.
She added: “We’re lucky that we’ve got Islington Council to step up to the plate and help out with us because this is not something that we would be able to do on our own at all. We still need more things like this, but it’s a wonderful beginning.”