Cultural Work Skills

Arts Shape will build on its previous work which has identified gaps in skills provision in the county and has won funds to run a project that will up-skill some members of the diverse communities of Gloucestershire.

In partnership with other 23 cultural organisations such as Glos Dance, The Guild Hall, The Roses, Global Arts, Create GLOS) we led a consultation exercise, (2012) and focused on individuals with disabilities and mental health issues and/or excluded individuals such as young people not in employment, education or training (NEETS) Since this we have developed a 2-year plan to address identified needs. During 2014/2015 we aim to extend the training programmes for NEETS/those facing disabling barriers with;

-Level 2/3 event management for 15 young people not in employment, education or training (NEETS) including supported professional placements with cultural partner organisations.

Young people need interesting, relevant employability programmes and the opportunity to engage with society through community events. The accredited programme of courses and supported work placements, (learning from previous, similar courses we've delivered) will increase employability, embed learning, build confidence and develop community leaders and communities. The programme (from evaluation) will boost confidence, forge friendships, embed new skills and develop aspiration.

The Project.

15 Young people (18–25) will be trained to level 2/3 in stewarding, event management and volunteering skills, specific skills and learning needed will be discussed with partner organisations and tailored to meet placement requirements. A supported placement with Art Shape or partner organisations will also be included. This will be accredited through the awarding body ASDAN.

They will attend a course of 15 weeks x 3hours at GRC City Works and complete a placement of 10 hours duration over the 15 weeks. Once the course and short placement has finished the group will work together to support Cultural events in the County over the summer.

In tandem a group of young people with disabilities will work alongside a visual artist, will undertake a 10 week course, 3 hours per week giving them the confidence to put together a street performance which they will take to one of more of the county’s Cultural Events.

This project is funded by the South West Foundation

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