“It’s just proved to me that there are no boundaries and I can do whatever I want – and think big!” – MIF21 Intern
Manchester is building The Factory, a new venue for creativity and the arts, in the heart of the city. The Factory will present bold new work by the world’s most exciting artists – and it will also be home to The Factory Academy, which will help people from all backgrounds to start new careers in the creative industries.
Working in partnership with cultural organisations across the city, The Factory Academy is a skills and training programme that offers a variety of training opportunities including paid internships, training academies and work experience programmes. Its aim is to help build the next generation of technicians, producers and other creative talent that will bring the future alive.
Members of the Greater Cultural Consortium include Brighter Sound, Contact, the Hallé, HOME, The Lowry, Manchester International Festival, Manchester Metropolitan University, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Palace Theatre & Opera House, Royal Exchange Theatre, Royal Northern College of Music, Science and Industry Museum, Walk the Plank and Z-Arts.
“The access and the resources that The Factory Academy gives to be able to apply for these jobs is just so important. There was nothing else that I had on my resume that could even get me close to a job like this.”
“It’s had a really positive impact. Businesses should get involved in The Factory Academy because everyone wins out of it.”