•• Biggest creative industries training programme ever to run in South of Scotland launches ••

Producers of Big Burns Supper are hiring 12 trainee producers to take part in their 6 month traineeship which is running as part of their Producers of the Future programme. The role will allow 12 young people from Dumfries and Galloway, aged between 16 and 24 to take part in a traineeship in creativity, festival management, and community place-making.

Set to be the biggest creative industries programme ever to run in South of Scotland, the traineeship will bring together 40 different practitioners who will mentor and cultivate the energy of the next generation of producers and artists.

Each trainee who is successful at securing a place will work the paid role for 25 hours per week, and the transformational programme hopes to kick-start each young persons progression routes to the future.

Graham Main, Executive Producer said:

“You don’t need much experience to take part, other than a burning passion for creativity, and your place in the world. We’re interested in the voices of young people and their sense of uniqueness”

The Producers of the Future programme is a long-term creative skills development programme that has been running since 2011. The organisation has worked with more than 7,000 young people from across Dumfries and Galloway, as well as longer term training roles 87 young people who worked behind the scenes in production, marketing, community arts, directing, community music, youth theatre and project management.

Jack Finlay, 26, from Kirkcudbright completed the programme back in 2014 and is now working on TV and Film across the nation including Channel 4’s Hollyoaks.

“The role is so varied, it’s allowed me to jump into many different industries. I’m now working in TV and film. Managers often comment on the comprehensive training that I’ve received. This gives me a great advantage over other young people in a competitive industry that relies on experienced people.”

Dario Pagani, 28, from Annan, took part in the programme in 2015, and now works as a Marketing Consultant.

“My placement was awesome. The team were so devoted to putting on a fantastic show for our community and that passion is infectious. On a professional level, it gave me confidence and skills that I still use every single day. It doesn’t matter whether you want to be nurse, lawyer, plumber or have no idea – this experience will put you ahead of the game. Go for it!”

Dillon Colthart, 24, from Dumfries, took part in the programme in 2014, and is now studying towards his Masters in Screenwriting by day, and performing in drag as Devine Tension by night.

“The organisation played a significant role in my creative arts training, and their support allowed me to go on to train at undergrad, entrepreneurial and most recently, postgrad level. They push those hungry to engage with the creative industries towards their creative goals.”

Alix Adair, 24, from Dumfries, took part in the programme in 2013, and now works as has just completed her Masters in Music, with distinction, from University of West of Scotland.

“It allowed us to work together with industry professionals and other young practitioners, and the experience is something I fondly remember to this day as incredibly formative.”

The organisation is currently taking expressions of interest from young people who would like to be included in the selection process before 5pm on Friday 26th March.

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