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Grand Futures Leeds is a network of 14 arts, heritage and educational organisations in Leeds. We are currently working together to raise awareness of opportunities available to young people in the arts, such as; volunteering, placements, work experience and paid training opportunities. 

Grand Futures Leeds supported by the Emerald Foundation, opens up Leeds Grand Theatre and City Varieties Music Hall to young people from across the city. The scheme enables children and young people, individually or through schools, colleges, universities and community groups to be creative, to get hands-on work experience producing performances, festivals and other events; and to voice their experience of life in Leeds. The programme aims to give young people new skills and to invite a fresh creative response to the city’s artistic life. 
Grand Futures Leeds includes:
• Growth of the Grand Futures Leeds Arts Partnership Network working with Leeds arts organisations to establish a new model arts academy and city-wide apprenticeship programme. Eight one-year apprenticeships and ten internships have already received supported from the Creative Employment Programme and the city’s Apprenticeship Hub.

• Increased training opportunities at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House including three year-long funded apprenticeships and work experience placements for secondary school children and students. 

• A year-round programme of participation including backstage tours, artist-led sessions in school holidays -  and the City Varieties Youth Theatre
• Development of the annual Child Friendly Leeds  awards  held at City Varieties Music Hall – to enable young people to manage and lead the event. 

#GrandFuturesLeeds is designed to complement and support the work of the city’s arts and cultural offer, working with artists and institutions to create better, affordable and new opportunities for young people to develop their skills and talents.

For more information contact learning@leedsgrandtheatre.com  or get involved via #GrandFuturesLeeds on twitter @GrandTheatreLS1

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