Aboriginal students get ready for arts career

ArtsReady Two aspiring Aboriginal students will undertake arts traineeships at Blacktown and Bankstown Art Centres under an innovative new training scheme to assist young people starting careers in the arts and cultural sector.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the 12-month administration traineeships, to be offered under the ArtsReady program, will be jointly funded by the NSW Government and Blacktown and Bankstown city councils.

“The NSW Government is proud to partner with ArtsReady, which is supported by the Federal Government and the councils to deliver this new initiative combining study with practical employment,” Mr Grant said.

“The traineeships are a great example of all three tiers of government working together to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in NSW launch a career in the arts and cultural sector.”

As well as getting vital on-the-job training in arts management, the trainees will undertake a Certificate III in Business for the arts and creative industries, and be supported as they take their first step in their career by ArtsReady.

Andrew Murray, General Manager of ArtsReady, believes partnerships like these will establish career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the arts and creative industries.

“We believe that working together to support cultural development through the arts and creative industries will develop local career pathways and contribute to local workforce and skills development,” Mr Murray said.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams said she was proud of the investment being made by the NSW Government to develop new career pathways for Aboriginal students.

“I encourage Aboriginal youth to apply for these positions to kick start a career in the creative industries and in turn make a valuable contribution to the arts in Western Sydney,” Mrs Williams said.

As the legal employer of all trainees, ArtsReady manages the administration and recruitment as well as providing individual education plans and training.

Interested applicants can apply now for the position at Blacktown at www.artsready.com.au/current-vacancies. The Bankstown traineeship will open in January 2016.

ArtsReady are also offering traineeship positions with Regional Arts NSW based at The Arts Exchange in The Rocks, in the Sydney CBD and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences have an opportunity available for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.

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Published: 2 September 2015