A NEW initiative spearheaded by some of the city’s most successful music-makers aims to unlock young people’s creative potential.
Barry Hyde, from The Futureheads, Frankie & the Heartstrings and influential music hub The Bunker have teamed up with local training company Monumental Training to launch a creative apprenticeship scheme.
The project, aimed at 16 to 18-year-olds, gives participants a route to employment within the creative industries sector.
The scheme covers a broad spectrum of the industry from PR and marketing and event management to technical practice (lighting, sound and rigging) and music recording.
Barry will be acting as a mentor on the scheme, giving advice and tips to the apprentices about the industry.
“People talk about talent,” he explained. “But, in fact, all you need is enthusiasm and I’m looking forward to meeting these enthusiastic young people.
“Hopefully, I will learn as much from them as they will learn from me. I’ve been doing music since I was 19 and I’ve been successful at it.
“The Bunker is like a nursery of music in Sunderland. It’s the musical heart of the city. It’s where I discovered myself, where I became a confident person, through a youth project there.
“So, it was a privilege when they asked me to be part of the scheme.”
He added: “I’m almost ready to start recording my first solo album and it would be great to give some of the apprentices a chance to work on it with me. There should also be opportunities at this year’s Split Festival such as helping put the tent up, artist liaison and greeting people. It all adds to the CV, this new scheme could be a huge success.”
Creative Apprenticeships are the first industry designed and approved Government funded apprenticeship framework for the creative and cultural sector.
Hands-on learning is a major element of the Creative Apprenticeship scheme, allowing young people to gain experience, paid employment and a level three qualification, which is recognised by employers.
Kenny Sanger, from The Bunker and Monumental Training, said: “There’s not much of a creative industry infrastructure locally so this is a chance for young people to dip their toe into the industry.
“It’s a real-life look at the industry and shows them that it’s not just about being on stage at Glastonbury.”
He added: “Not everyone is suited to formal education, but this gives participants a level three qualification, as well as real life experience.”
Apprenticeship sessions will be held at The Bunker, Pop Recs Ltd in Fawcett Street, as well as other venues across the city.
The hunt is on for successful candidates who have a keen interest in music, as well as being dedicated and flexible to work within the local creative industry.
l Anyone interested in the opportunities can contact Monumental Training on Tel. 510 5530.