The Creative Industries Academy, a joint initiative between Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh College, City of Edinburgh Council, East Lothian Council, Midlothian Council and Scottish Borders Council, aims to provide young people (S5 and S6) in these areas with the educational knowledge and relevant work experience needed to prepare them for work in the sector.
Academy students get the opportunity to study both at college and at university while still at school and also gain valuable work experience with a Creative Industries employer. The Academy is split into 2 groups; one group studying Acting & Performance and the other group Media & Communications. The students give up their free time to attend the Academy, an important indication of their motivation and enthusiasm.
The Academy is now actively looking for partner Creative Sector employers to consider taking on an Academy student for up to a week's work experience in June. Detailed guidelines will be provided to interested employers and any required health & safety checks, insurance etc. will be organised by the Academy. No remuneration is expected. To arrange an initial meeting or to find out more please contact Sandra Grieve, CI Academy Coordinator at sgrieve@qmu.ac.uk or tel 0131 474 000 or 07718 296707

The Edinburgh Jobs Fund is able to offer a wage incentive to Micro Businesses and SME employers with less than 250 employees wishing to offer a new and additional job opportunity within their organisation to a young person aged 16-24. The wage incentives offers 50% of the cost for National Minimum Wage (excluding overtime payments and employer's NI costs) back to the employer for a maximum of 6 months. Certain eligibility criteria apply. May be provided in conjunction with other programmes (e.g. Modern Apprenticeship). For further information contact Brian Robertson email brian.d.robertson@edinburgh.gov.uk or tel:  0131 529 3233

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