Kickstart - The Art and Design Assistant

Job details
Posting date: 21 January 2022
Hours: Part time
Closing date: 22 February 2022
Location: Lewes, BN72XH
Company: DWP Kickstart Scheme
Job type: Temporary
Job reference: V0000220431

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To apply for this job, you must be claiming Universal Credit and 16 to 24 years old.

East Sussex College Group

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The Art and Design Assistant part is designed to help someone who would like to work in the education sector or with young people, by offering a Kickstarter placement opportunity to gain experience and skills in a paid role. We will give you on the job training in aspects of Art and Design as well as practical, logistical and stock control as well as project management alongside training in areas such as Health and Safety, Safeguarding and provide you with support towards your next move. The Creative Enrichment support part will assist in a variety of creative digital projects, working with young people as well supporting them and their teachers in the general day to day administration. You will mainly work in the Art and Design rooms at the Lewes Campus of East Sussex College, but there may be some travel within Sussex as well as remote working. Training and guidance will be given to enable the successful candidate to take responsibility for a range of duties over the course of the placement. The Art and Design Assistant role will primarily assist in the smooth running and delivery of a number of art enrichment programmes across the Art and Design courses, support a range of exhibition and enrichment activities, contributing as appropriate. Have initial responsibility for the care of equipment and studio spaces used in the Art and Design enrichment programme. Communicate with colleagues and students all relevant information about the enrichment programme of the Art and Design department. Contribute to social media channels. Attend and support exhibitions and live events as necessary. Create materials to support enrichment work, including where applicable brochures, posters and timetables etc. Support the general day to day administration of the Art and Design delivery of project-led learning with the LRA (Learning Resource Assistants) and teaching teams. Support digital promotional and artistic activities through use of online platforms. Assist in the recording of attendance, feedback and consultation from participants. Support the management of documentation and capturing the progress and records of participants. Upload video created to YouTube and other platforms. Create and curate resources, mount exhibitions online and in real world spaces, support other creative Kickstart works in the college to the direction of the creative area staff. Managing and supporting projects, attending team planning and co-development meetings, offering feedback and observations from the sessions, assisting the Art and Design administrative team with a broad range of daily duties associated with the running of the department and its remit. Communicating with a range of audiences, including via email, blogs and social media, managing social media event pages and groups, working on extended social media campaigns, supporting and communicating with young participants, assisting with the organisation and communication between staff and participants for performances and events.

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No formal qualifications or experience is required for this placement. However, an enthusiasm to learn and develop new skills will be essential.
We are particularly interested in attracting candidates for the internship who would not usually access these opportunities via usual college or university routes, or people who have not had the opportunity to access formal Art and Design education.
We believe that a wide range of art, design and wider visual language experiences are important to create the type of art education and training offer where all young people can find an opportunity for them.
Below is an example of the types of skills and interests that the Art and Design team are looking for and will ask all candidates to demonstrate in the interview process, either through questions or activities.

Confidence in working on practical projects to aid in the promotion of exhibitions and displays.
Enthusiasm to learn new skills.
Interest in working with young people and/or working within the creative and art and design industries.
Ability to support and encourage others to learn new skills. Understanding of some of the challenges young people might face working in a group and/or taking part in practical Art and Design activities.
Personal interest in design, art any aspect of visual language either through personal production, promotion or through interest or appreciation.
Desire to work in creative arts and media.
Understanding of social media as a promotional tool.

Experience of using visual and creative digital design software and/or ability to learn new software skills easily.
Experience in video creation filming and editing or ability to learn new software skills easily, experience of using social media and or writing blogs.

3 full days to be agreed. Occasional weekend work may be required for events

National Minimum Wage

The Art and Design Assistant role will be supported by ESCG and Lewes College to develop skills and experience in Researching current teaching and learning trends and opportunities. Managing and supporting projects Collaborating with partners and young people. Communicating with a range of audiences, including traditional exhibitions, installations and presentations as well as via phone, email, websites and social media. During this placement, they will also have opportunities to develop evidence of work skills and experience. Sample different aspects of teaching and learning by supporting Art and Design projects, such as live/online events, marketing and creating via traditional media and digital technology. Tailor aspects of the role and duties towards their individual skillset, experience and or interests. In addition, our Gateway Future Creators as part of Brighton Dome and Festival, will provide access to their online portal or tailor-made resources offering top tips and guidance that includes CV support, Job searching skills, Interview preparation, and information about working within the creative and cultural sector. We will also award you a digital badge to recognise your achievements whilst working with us, which will act as a verified digital reference that can be embedded in your CV and support your onward journey. Future Creators will provide monthly facilitated Virtual Employee Circles to provide peer learning with fellow Kickstart employees to support your development of teamwork and communication skills, ability to problem solve and preparation for interviews with digital credentials awarded to showcase your capabilities. You will receive one to one support to review and update your CV with your new skills, experiences, and digital credentials.

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