MIF offers local artists, students, school groups and members of the public a fantastic range of creative development opportunities all year round, from six-month paid traineeships to one-off and regular events that are open to anyone and everyone.

Skills and Training


As we head towards The Factory, we’re committed to supporting the next generation of technicians, producers and arts professionals – offering internships, apprenticeships and other professional development opportunities that will help people of all backgrounds to forge careers in the creative industries. See below for the latest opportunities and read more about The Factory Academy here.

Kickstart Creative

The Factory Academy’s Kickstart Training Academies are a new series of training programmes designed to introduce young people to the creative industries, gain confidence and learn new skills. They’re fully funded, with no cost to participants, and are open to anyone in Greater Manchester aged 19-24 and on Universal Credit. Our latest Kickstart Training Academy is Kickstart Construction.


Meet our MIF21 Fellows

MIF21 Creative Fellowships offered five Greater Manchester-based artists and creatives the unique opportunity to connect with our team, our artists and the MIF21 Festival. Each Creative Fellow shadowed the artistic team working on a major Festival show, getting an insider’s view into its creation, production and presentation.