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$200,000 funding boost for ArtsReady

The Turnbull Government will provide a $200,000 boost for the ArtsReady program, which assists employers in the arts and culture sector to engage young Australians in traineeships.

The 12 month traineeships prepare participants to graduate as job ready for the arts and creative industries.

In its fourth year, this additional funding will assist ArtsReady to make the final transition to a fully self-funded program.

ArtsReady is delivered by AFL SportsReady and is modelled on their program that has successfully provided employment and education opportunities for thousands of young Australians for more than 20 years in the sports sector.

Offering a mix of school-based and full-time traineeships in the arts and related industries, ArtsReady has already delivered 310 traineeships and internships across the country.

The program builds skills development through accredited training that combines practical experience at work with vocational education. It also supports employers during the recruitment and employment process.

The approach has proven successful in helping young Australians get a start in a career in the arts and creative industries.

ArtsReady has a strong focus on increasing the participation of Indigenous Australians in the workforce. To date, 40 per cent of the internships have been completed by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander young people.

For more information about the initiative visit: www.artsready.com.au/artsready

Media contact: Geraldine Mitchell | 0407 280 476 | Geraldine.Mitchell [at] communications.gov.au