Friday, 17 June 2016

Come and work with us! Admin & Production Traineeship (paid) open for applications

Wow, that's come around fast. A year ago we were advertising our very first internship and worrying about whether or not there would be enough interest. Over 60 applications and some extremely difficult decisions later, we appointed Liz Johnson to be our guinea pig inaugural Admin & Production Trainee and we think it's gone pretty well; she hasn't run for the hills yet. Liz will be writing a blog post in a few days, to give you a better idea of what a year with us is like.

And now we're doing it all again. We may be older and wiser (well, definitely older) but our motivation for offering this training position remains the same: we want to support those starting out in the industry. It's something we feel pretty strongly about. We all benefit from the next generation getting the chance to learn, to find their thing, to be their best. We remember how hard it is to get started, particularly with the 'can't get a job without experience/get experience without a job' catch 22, unless you have the support to be able to work for free. And a lot of people don't.

So here are the vitals:

It's an 11 month paid post, working primarily with the General Manager (that's me). The job pack and application form can be downloaded here. Closing date is 2pm on Monday 4 July and we hope to be interviewing in the week of the 1st August, with the successful candidate starting with us mid-September.

A couple of things that came out of the process last year, that might be useful:

- We don't set word limits, but please bear in mind that we had over 60 applications in 2015 and at least half of them were very strong. Don't make us hunt for evidence of your brilliance. We appreciate elegant prose, but sometimes bullet points do the job better.

- If you say you have an excellent eye for detail, it's a good idea to use spellcheck at the very least.

- If your experience or ambition is primarily as a performer, maker or artist, you need to a) be really honest with yourself about how you're going to feel being at a desk for a year and b) persuade us that you've really thought about that.

If you have any questions, please give me a call on 0114 201 3876 or email And please do share far and wide. I'm looking forward, again, to seeing what brilliant things you all want to do.

Oh, and before you apply, it might be a good idea to check this earlier blog post, in which I get a bit ranty about sloppy emails. The principles are the same for this process too.

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