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NewBridge is part of Kickstart Scheme!

Posted: 1 February 2022

The NewBridge Project is offering 2 brand new roles as part of the Kickstart Scheme. If you are aged 16-24 and receiving Universal Credit, are interested in art and creativity, then this is an opportunity to do a 6 month placement within an exciting art organisation.

Programme & Front of House Assistant

We are looking for an enthusiastic Programme & Front of House Assistant to join our team at The NewBridge Project. As part of the role, you will provide support across our creative programme and building which includes exhibitions, events, community workshops and a bookshop.

This role is about on the job learning, so you don’t need to have had previous experience working in the arts or in a similar role, but it will be well suited to someone who is interested in art or creative things.

The role will include:

  • Administrative support across our programme – this might include booking travel or accommodation for artists, booking in meetings, using Microsoft office (you’ll receive training).
  • Helping to set up for events and exhibitions
  • Supporting with marketing on NewBridge’s website and social media
  • Attending team meetings and taking notes in these
  • Organise NewBridge’s digital and physical archive
  • Welcoming visitors to the building and chatting with them
  • Evaluation and data entry

This is a role that will give you a taster of how a busy artist space works, which will help you to decide what kind of creative career might be of interest to you as you will learn about working in a cultural building, delivering creative projects and events, communication skills (within a team and working with the public), marketing and arts administration.

Buildings & Front of House Assistant

We are looking for an enthusiastic Buildings & Front of House Assistant to join our team at The NewBridge Project. As part of the role, you will provide support across our building in Shieldfield – which houses 100 artist studios, workshop spaces (woodwork, ceramics, photography & printing), a gallery, bookshop and hireable spaces.

This role is about on-the-job learning, so you don’t need to have had previous experience working in the arts or in a similar role, but it will be well suited to someone who is interested in art or running a building/venue.

The role will include:

  • Administrative support across our building management – this might include updating artists profiles on our website, using Microsoft office, document filing, helping with health & safety checks (you’ll receive training and guidance as you go along!)
  • Helping to set up for venue hires
  • Supporting with marketing on NewBridge’s website and social media
  • Attending team meetings and taking notes in these
  • Welcoming visitors to the building and chatting with them
  • Evaluation and data entry

This is a role that will give you a taster of how a busy artist space works, which will help you to decide what kind of creative career might be of interest to you. You will learn about working in, and running a cultural building, communication and marketing skills (within a team and working with the public), and administration.

Skills & Experience (for both roles!)

This role doesn’t require you to have any specific skills or experience, but we are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about art, will be committed and hard-working, and is ready to learn on the job through a variety of tasks.

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Interested in and enthusiastic about art or culture
  • Interested in developing a career in the arts, or understanding more about what this would involve
  • Committed and hard-working
  • Excited to work as part of a small team
  • Approachable and excited to chat to a broad range of people
  • Eagerness to learn and undertake a variety of tasks
  • Friendly and welcoming manner
  • Positive attitude

These skills or experience could come from work experience, but they do not have to – they could be from what you do in your spare time but tell us how they can be applied in work.

For example, do you have an Instagram page or use social media for personal use, have you organised a trip for yourself or others, have you organised a social occasion like a birthday party – if yes tell us all about it!

 

PRACTICAL INFO

Salary: National Minimum Wage / National Living Wage (dependent on age)

Hours: 25 hours per week

Normal working days are weekdays 10am – 6pm, though you may need to work some evenings or weekends if helping with events. You can choose the best days to work and how you want to split your time (eg. You could work all 25 hours across 3 days, or split your hours across the 5 days of the week and work a shorter days)

Start date: Mid March 2022

Eligibility: To apply for one of our Kickstart jobs, you must be claiming Universal Credit and 16 to 24 years old. Please get in touch with your Work Coach at Jobcentre Plus about being referred for an interview.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply please talk to your Work Coach at Job Centre to be referred for this placement.

Everyone eligible will be referred to The NewBridge Project for a 20 minute interview which will take place on Thursday 17 February between 10.30am – 5pm.

These will take place in person at The NewBridge Project, Shieldfield Centre, 4-8 Clarence Walk, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1AL (travel expenses will be reimbursed)

At the interview we will you will be asked a few questions about why you want to undertake the Kickstart role.

  • Which Kickstart role are you interested in?
  • Why are you interested in working at an art organisation?
  • Do you like art and creativity?
  • Are there parts of the job description that you are excited by or keen to learn more about?
  • Do you have any skills and experience you want to tell us about that would make you a good fit?

If you have any questions prior to applying, then please contact us at applications@thenewbridgeproject.com and put ‘Kickstart’ in the subject line.

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