Leicester Curve has been awarded £240,000 to launch a three-year apprenticeship scheme. The Paul Hamlyn foundation and Esmee Fairbairn foundation donated money to help The Curve provide apprenticeships for 16-25 year olds living in the Leicestershire area.
Associate director of Leicester Curve, Adel Al-Salloum said: ‘We are thrilled that our funders have recognised our current success in working in the community and the potential Curve has to develop its work with young and emerging artists. The project is about new ideas and how Curve supports young people to realise their ideas and turn them to enterprise.’
The programme aims to take on 30 young people and provide them with training as art entrepreneurs. They will participate in community projects, involving local schools and the elderly.
Practitioners and a programme manager are yet to be hired for the scheme. Applications for places opened in November, with training set to start in 2012. The apprentices will take their projects into the community in Spring 2012.