Grand Futures School Challenge

Published on Friday 13 January, 2017

On Friday 6 January, Northern Ballet welcomed students from three Leeds secondary schools for the Grand Futures Schools Challenge 2017 as part of the Grand Futures Leeds Partnership. The partnership is made up of arts organisations across Leeds and aims to raise awareness of the career opportunities available to young people in the arts sector.

The event gave students the chance to find out more about pursuing careers in the arts through practical workshops. They were also able to ask arts professionals questions about their careers in a “Meet the Professionals” session, giving them an idea of what it is like to work in the arts and helping them to learn more about the different career options in the sector.

In this session, Keisha Hamilton, Dance Education Officer, and Ebony Godridge, Dance Education Apprentice, were able to discuss their experiences of working in the arts sector with the students.

Keisha said:

“Having completed a degree and a Dance Education apprenticeship with Northern Ballet prior to my current role as Dance Education Officer, I was happy to share my first-hand experience with the students. I had no previous knowledge of the benefits of an apprenticeship before I began my own. I hope that by sharing my experiences the students understand that apprenticeships are a great way to gain practical experience within an arts organisation. Hopefully we were able to inspire the set designers, directors and dance practitioners of the future. ”

Ebony said:

“I loved being able to chat to the students from different schools, sharing my experiences as an apprentice working in the arts. It allowed me to give them a further insight into what the role of an apprentice is. The “Meet the Professionals” workshop was a great chance for the students to see the vast range of opportunities available within the arts and the many different career routes people have taken to get to where they are now. This showed them that there is not just one route to take."

To find out more about the Grand Futures Leeds network, you can visit the website by clicking here.

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