The Factory Academy
Developing the next generation of technicians, producers and arts professionals.
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.
The Factory Academy is a key part of the vision to put skills and training opportunities at the heart of the Factory. Working in partnership with training providers and arts organisations in the region, The Factory Academy will deliver a range of apprenticeships and training opportunities over the next few years with the aim of diversifying the workforce in an increasingly important sector
The programme is backed by the Greater Manchester Cultural Skills Consortium which launched last year to collaborate on the provision of training and skills development in the region. Members include 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.
Recent activity has included a pilot Creative Traineeship Programme, which involved seven local young people working in roles such as IT, Digital, Production, Ticketing and Development, leading up to and during MIF19, and two eight-week Traineeships which included both training and a three-week work placement. Our training is delivered by The Factory Academy in partnership with the National College of Creative Industries and Access Creative College.
For more information about upcoming opportunities visit our Train With Us page.
The Factory will be a rich source of apprenticeships and a major training centre for local people wanting to work in a huge range of roles in the creative industries, from technicians and producers to marketing positions – meaning that people wanting to work in this sector can pursue careers, working alongside world-class talents, without having to leave the region. There will also be opportunities for local artists to develop and grow.