The Garage launches NEW Introduction to the Creative Industries programme

The Garage is excited to announce the launch of a new training programme for 18-25 year olds which will introduce learners to the wide variety of work and roles that exist within the creative Industries and support them to take their next steps into training or work.

Over the course of 12 weeks, learners will take part in training sessions which explore the range of skills needed in different areas of the sector. Throughout the programme there will be “industry expert” talks where leaners will listen to and meet local professionals who have creative careers, gaining an insight into the path they have taken and the skills needed for the work that they do.

During the programme learners will visit creative organisations to get a feel for the workplace and the jobs people do within the local sector. Each learner will also be allocated a mentor for the duration of the programme, who they will meet weekly for individual, bespoke advice and guidance.

Carrie Mansfield, The Garage’s Executive Producer, said:

“We are incredibly pleased to receive this grant from the European Social Fund and Norfolk County Council to deliver this programme for young adults. Now more than ever it is vital we train and encourage people to develop their creativity, confidence and entrepreneurial skills.

“This programme will help learners to understand how they can make something happen, how they can plan and deliver projects and what skills they need to help them succeed. It will also help learners identify interesting creative careers paths that are accessible and achievable.

“Like most sectors the creative industries have been affected by Covid-19, but in many ways it is thriving – people are still making music, designing, writing, dancing, playing, singing, sewing, filming, recording, painting, sculpting, drawing, creating. There is a huge appetite for games and entertainment. We need to help people to become really good at creative thinking and use creative approaches not only in this sector, but also to overcome the challenges we face.”

The programme starts in January 2021. The commitment is approximately 10 hours per week. There are no fees for leaners to take part, if needed support with travel costs can be arranged.

Adam Yaxley, The Garage’s Inclusion Manager, said:

“This programme is about helping people make the next step on their journey, to help them identify the training they need to move forward or to give them the confidence to enter the creative workforce. Sometimes we lack the knowledge of what is out there and if we do not know it’s there, we don’t know how to get to it. Sometimes all it takes is that one bit of advice or guidance to set us on the next path.”

The programme is funded by The European Social Fund and granted by Norfolk County Council. It is for people aged 18-25 years old who are not currently in education/training and who are unemployed or economically inactive and live in Norfolk or Suffolk. They must also have permission to live in the UK and to work in an EU Country.

If you or someone you know is interested in taking part in this programme please email info@thegarage.org.uk or call The Garage on 01603 283382, leaving your name and number so an interview can be arranged. Please quote Introduction to Creative Industries programme.

For more information about the programme please visit www.thegarage.org.uk

Norwich Nights Magazine Future Outline!

Norwich Nights Magazine – Future outline.

Since I launched the crowdfunding campaign to save the print version I thought it would be a good time to write the outline of where I would like the magazine to go what are the plans for the future of the magazine. Firstly it was never my intention to produce a magazine where I did the majority of the work, the plan was and still is to build a team, the money would need to be there to fund this, but my ideal team would be the following:

Editor – to oversee the components of the magazine and responsible for formatting/layout and proofreading the final copy.

Copywriter – would write the editorial for adverts (unless I took personal responsibility for the advert), writing sections like the 4 things to do this month (diary pages) etc – basically our standard pages.

I want four columnists: a food columnist, Gaming columnist, Sport – boxing or football columnist maybe both if budget ever allows, Theatre columnist.

2 additional writers in any of the following areas – football, boxing, gaming, food, or theatre.

They would have control of invites but also the direction of the content columnists are not required to pitch ideas in the same way a writer would need too, they are allocated a section of the magazine usually up to 0-6 pages, I like to give columnists free reign so they are free to create and have flexibility. The writers are required to pitch and contribute articles to the magazine to be approved by the editor.

PayScale’s: I have decided that instead of offering wages I will move to a payment scale per piece of work to be decided when the magazine has a budget to pay for such work, right now we are just surviving so this is a little way down the line.

All our writers will be freelancers, and I plan to support them in anyway, I can, I plan to develop a benefit package eventually.

Social Media and digital content manager: honestly for this role I would love to hire a student looking for their first role, basically they would manage digital content on the website and the various social media channels.

Advertising Manager – the person that everything else centres around, to pay for Norwich Nights Magazine, we need advertising sales and subscriptions, I am still developing the sales process.

That would be the team, I would want, and to outsource to an accountant and distribution services when needed.

All members of the team would be required to learn our mission statement which is simply: Great writing – Reduced Advertising – Accessible to all

Norwich Nights Magazine is currently 48 pages long I would like to increase that to 92 pages – we only started with 20 a few months ago, my plan is to keep the design service which designs adverts and office stationery there are no plans to expand it at this point. I would like to offer a monthly box subscription service, to be themed sport/food/film/theatre/gaming, also would like to host an annual party/picnic. The charity advertising rates will remain 10% of our regular rates, also I want to nominate a charity each year and donate 2% of our profits to them, as well as increasing video content. The final plan is to host an annual award ceremony with a focus on start-up businesses in Norfolk I also want to extent the magazine out to Norfolk and Suffolk with our circulation and advertising.

As you can see lots of plans nothing earth shattering but there are a lot of variables in the process none of this will be possible without the support of the local community and it all takes money and time. The dream is there now it’s just about working hard to make it happen.

I hope you will continue to support us in whatever way you can as we move into new times ahead. There is some brilliant talent in Norwich both in the business community and in terms of undiscovered writers and with your help I hope to be celebrating them all and this fine city for a long time to come.

 Melissa xx