MK Council funds new cultural trainee scheme

Milton Keynes Council is collaborating with six leading local cultural organisations to launch a new trainee taster scheme where young people explore work in the field of culture and heritage.

MK Council has set aside part of its £2.25m economic recovery plan funding to provide a range of cultural traineeships to be delivered by MK College, with trainees benefitting from 70+ hours of work experience with MK Gallery, MK Arts Centre, MK Discovery Centre, Bletchley Park, Interaction MK and The Parks Trust.

Trainees will get the opportunity to gain skills in a range of areas, including event management and digital marketing. At the City Discovery Centre trainees can find out what it’s like to be an archive assistant or a landscaping assistant.

Everybody is welcome to apply as the programme aims to make the local arts and heritage sector more inclusive to young people from all backgrounds. For more information about the traineeships, please visit aha-mk.org.

Earlier this year MK Council highlighted its commitment to the sector after awarding £25,000 to live music venues who were unable to secure funding through government covid schemes.

Deputy Leader of MK Council and Cabinet Member responsible for Economy, Recovery and Renewal said: “The cultural sector in MK is incredibly important to MK residents and the people that visit our city.

“We’ve helped businesses in the cultural sector throughout the pandemic and this traineeship programme highlights our commitment to growing the sector in the future. We might even find some of the leading lights of tomorrow, so I’d encourage everyone with an interest to apply.”