The Factory Academy
was launched in 2018 by Manchester International Festival (MIF) to deliver training for people looking to start new careers in the cultural and creative industries.
This January, The Factory Academy will be launching three new training programmes to help residents in Greater Manchester jump-start their careers in the creative sector; The Kickstart Training Academy, Broadcast & Film Production and Managing Creative Projects.
The Kickstart Training Academies
have been created to introduce young people in Greater Manchester to the creative industries. This January, students on the Kickstart Training Academy will learn about the behind-the-scenes of Manchester International Festival, as well as workplace skills that are key for any role in any sector. Our next Kickstart Training Academy takes place from 17 January – 4 February. In this Training Academy we’ll be looking to recruit for Kickstart Internships at Manchester International Festival. Upon completion of the Academy, participants will be guaranteed an interview for a 6-month paid Kickstart role at MIF. The Kickstart Training Academies have been designed for young people in Greater Manchester who are unemployed, on universal credit and aged 19 – 24.
On Film & Broadcast, ten participants will be selected for an eight-week Factory Futures Traineeship 17 January- 11 March 2022, which will include a bespoke five-week placement with one of 10 leading production companies and studios in Greater Manchester. Whilst on placement participants will be eligible for a training allowance, this will cover your expenses in order to take part like food, travel, broadband or educational materials. The Film & Broadcast programme is open to any resident in Greater Manchester aged 19 and over. Although you must have an interest in working behind the scenes in the creative industries, but you don’t need to have any experience in film or broadcast to apply – this scheme is open to all.
Managing Creative Projects will introduce you to the key principles and tools of project management, an essential skill for work in the creative industries. You’ll discover how to set up, define and develop a project using key project-management skills. You will then be given time to take these skills and apply them to your own projects. A selection of students will then have an opportunity to pitch their ideas to an industry leader who can advise you on how to take your project to the next level. Managing Creative Projects is taught by expert tutors and illustrated with real-life examples by guest speakers from across the creative industries. This course is open to anyone aged over 19 who is currently unemployed in Greater Manchester – the scheme is open to all.
At Manchester International Festival we’re particularly interested in hearing from individuals from backgrounds or social groups that are currently underrepresented in the creative industries – including those from within South Asian communities (particularly Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani), African and Caribbean communities, and the Deaf/Disabled communities, as well as individuals from lower socio-economic backgrounds.