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Plan and create high-impact posts for charities in Manchester.

On this free, industry-focused course you will learn how to develop a variety of social media assets, from engaging video and photo stories to sharable infographics and short, written guides.

You will then work with charities in Greater Manchester to grow their online audiences and raise awareness of important issues.

Aside from boosting your job prospects, this course will also help you to campaign more effectively for positive change in your community using social networks.

Over the eight weeks, you will:

  • Learn about cause marketing and how to harness social media.
  • Attend guest speaker sessions and Q&As.
  • Conduct online audience research.
  • Complete a social content project and plan for a local charity.
  • Gain a new network of peers and professional contacts.
  • Have the chance to apply for Juice Academy’s Junior Content Producer (level 3) apprenticeship scheme.

When is it?

The course runs from 6 June to 29 July. All students must be able to commit to eight weeks of full-time study. Three days online, then two in person.

Who can apply?

Anyone living in Greater Manchester, aged 19+ and either currently unemployed, on Universal Credit or earning less than £18,525.

No previous experience is required. All you need is an interest in working behind the scenes in the creative industries.

We are especially keen to hear from those who are underrepresented in our sector. Anyone from Black, Asian and other ethnically diverse communities, as well as the D/deaf, disabled and applicants from low-income households.

How much does it cost?

This course is fully funded by The Factory. That’s right. It’s free. We’ll also cover your travel and lunch expenses.

Will I gain any qualifications?

Yes, all graduates will be gain an RSL Creative Digital Media qualification through course partners Vision in Colour.

What our students say

"The Academy allowed me to think about myself and what I have to offer in a way I never have before. I have identified what my core skills are and how to apply them in the creative industries.”

Arthur Berry, BBC Radio Five Live trainee, Manchester


“Having the opportunity to create content and, most importantly, to be on a film set – which they sorted out – has helped me open new doors in the industry and brought me closer to what I want to do.”

Ackeel Blake, Freelance Creative, Manchester


“The Academy is going to change my life. I have gained confidence and feel much more at ease to speak up for myself and put across my opinion. It’s reignited my passion for the arts and I have gained so many new friends and contacts.”

Arber Binjaku, Venue Technician, Manchester Metropolitan University


About The Factory Academy

The Factory Academy was launched in 2018 by Manchester International Festival (MIF) to train the creators of the future. From 2023, we will be based at The Factory, our new venue in the heart of the city. A global destination for experimental, interdisciplinary art, and the year-round home of MIF.