Bravo for opera team’s arts idea

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A new course for Central Beds young people keen to work in creative industries is to be launched by a college, backed by the Royal Opera House.

This new course will be aimed at young people with few or no qualifications.

Central Bedfordshire College has formed a partnership with the Royal Opera House to offer the Arts Award. It involves a combination of college-based study and work placements in creative industries.

That all adds up to an exciting package to prepare the young people for further training for a future in a wide range of challenging and rewarding jobs.

Media, art, television, film and other teams are all part of the creative industries.

And they involve an interesting variety of jobs.

Those job opportunities include the many support roles behind the scenes.

The Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London and Arts Council England.They work through 10 organisations – including the Royal Opera House, in Covent Garden, London, which set up the partnership with the college.

College assistant principal Eamonn Egan said: “The college has a good record of getting people into employment regardless of their previous qualifications, so we were delighted to be approached by the Royal Opera House to create this course.

“The creative industries are a great British success story and provide real job opportunities for suitably-trained people, even in the current economic climate.”

And the assistant principal emphasised: “We want people to keep their aspirations high and be ambitious.

“We will help them build their skills so they can go on to more advanced training and a successful career.”

The course is free and it is available to young people aged up to 18. It will take place three days a week for four months, starting on February 24.

> The Royal Opera House is responsible for the Arts Award in Beds, Essex, Herts and North Kent.




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