CREATIVE and cultural businesses in York are being offered access to funding to support apprenticeships and paid internships.

City of York Council will be applying for the Creative Employment Programme funding in August on behalf on a consortium of creative and cultural organisations in York and the surrounding area.

The £15 million fund from Arts Council England, which is administered by Creative & Cultural Skills, is designed to support the creation of traineeships, apprenticeships and paid internship opportunities for young people aged 16-24.

The programme provides part-wage grants to put towards the costs of a new apprentice or paid intern.

Cllr James Alexander, leader of City of York Council said: “It is a priority of the council to support jobs and growth in York as well as keeping young talent in the city.

"This is a chance to provide real opportunities for young people who are interested in the arts and culture sector, offering them the greatest possible start to their career right here in York."

The consortium currently consists of 17 employers including libraries, galleries, theatre groups, museums and festivals who are looking to create around 20 internships and apprenticeships.

Any other businesses wanting to get involved next to express an interest by Thursday 24. To find out more contact Julia Massey on 07769640241 or email