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Internships on offer at Harlow libraries

Lifestyle / Mon 9th Feb 2015 at 01:45pm

ESSEX Libraries are recruiting for a paid internship as part of a national scheme to help young people into jobs in the arts and creative industries.

The internship is one of 50 across the country. It has been created by the Society of Chief Librarians and arts employment charity the Creative Society as part of Arts Council England’s Creative Employment Programme.

Anyone aged 18-24 on Job Seekers Allowance, will be eligible for the Essex internship, which will be for at least 30 hours a week.

Cllr Roger Hirst, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Libraries, Planning and the Environment, said: “This is a great scheme and I am happy that we are able to support it. Essex County Council is committed to helping young people into jobs.”

Essex has one of the largest Library services in the country and the County Council is committed to ensuring that our 74 sites across the county deliver services that reflect what our communities want from a modern Library service. The successful candidate will join our professional teams to improving our services and will also learn how the modern library service works. They will gain skills and experience in key areas of library service, such as working on campaigns to improve customers’ digital skills and coordinating summer literature festivals.

The post will be recruiting through JobCentres Plus.

The national project comes a month after the government commissioned “Independent Library Report For England” urged a library recruitment approach, similar to TeachFirst, in order to attract more young people into the sector.

The Creative Employment Programme is a £15 million fund to put 6,500 unemployed 16-24 year olds back to work in the arts and creative industries.

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