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28 October 2019

Young First Peoples looking to kickstart their creative careers will get the chance to work at some of Victoria’s most exciting artistic organisations.

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Behind the scenes of the State Theatre at Arts Centre Melbourne. Image: Mark Gambino

The First Peoples Creative Industries Traineeships program offers 12-month paid placements in a range of workplaces spanning the creative industries.

Traineeships are now on offer with companies such as music heavyweights Unified Music Group, music label Bad Apples, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Next Wave, Footscray Community Arts Centre and creative venue Meat Market.

Regional placement locations include Bendigo District Aboriginal Co-operative and Shepparton’s Kaiela Arts.

Designed for Victorian-based First Peoples aged 18 to 24 who are not currently working more than 15 hours a week, each full-time traineeship will include hands-on training, tailored mentoring and access to a network of First Peoples working in the creative industries as well as a First Peoples Liaison Officer.

Trainees will also be funded to undertake a nationally recognised Certificate III-IV in Business.

Further host organisations and businesses are sought for 2020, including those working in fashion, games, festivals, museums, design, music and the arts.

Traineeships are fully funded by the Victorian Government, with training and support provided to host organisations in relation to cultural protocols and safe practices.

For more information about the current traineeship opportunities, or to find out how to become a host organisation, visit creative.vic.gov.au/first-peoples-traineeships.