Local Theatre Taps into Graduate Talent

27th November 2012

Point Blank, a Sheffield based Theatre Company who work with emerging artists, to extend audiences & the wider communities engagement in the arts, has recently recruited a talented University of Sheffield graduate intern.

  Caitlin McKiernan a BA English and Drama graduate has been appointed as 'Production Assistant' to work on a research and development theatre project 'Holding Area'.  The company accessed funding from the University of Sheffield on behalf of Santander Banking group to part subsidise the cost of the graduate salary. Marianne Bolton from Point Blank Theatre Company commented: -The role of Production Assistant is going to be a vital one, and we would love to support Caitlin this year after graduation in gaining more live experience in the field she hopes to have a career in. Caitlin added: -Working with Point Blank is not only giving me an insight into how a successful arts organisation is run, it is giving me first hand experience into everything from working with members of the community, to planning and marketing a production and much more.  Something that has struck me is the amount of responsibility that I have been given so quickly. It is exciting to be part of such a buzzing environment and to be supported by a skilled and creative group of people.  The scheme is allowing me to commit real time to develop skills in a career path that I am passionate about continuing in. It is giving me the opportunity to actively figure out what my next step will be.  If your business or organisation could benefit from the skills and experiences that a graduate intern could provide and are interested in accessing the funding available please contact the Graduate Intern Coordinator at the University of Sheffield. Applications are welcomed from businesses across South Yorkshire as long as you employ less than 250 people, have a graduate level project or piece of work for the intern to complete, can commit to hosting the intern for 3 months and are able to match fund the intern's salary. In return for this they will receive a £1500 subsidy towards the interns wage, free advertising of the internship and a graduate keen to gain valuable experience. To apply visit the Careers Service website to download the application form.  All applications must be received by Friday 7th December, but applications will be assessed on a first come first serve basis.  For more information about the scheme contact Claire Brooke on 0114 222 0962, email intern@sheffield.ac.uk or visit the website: http://www.shef.ac.uk/careers/employers/raising/santander.

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