A career in the arts lies ahead for a 23-year-old who has just been welcomed as the Helmsley Arts Centre’s first ever apprentice.
Natasha Jones, of Kirkbymoorside, has been appointed Assistant Arts Co-ordinator and will work towards a Level 2 Qualification in Community Arts Administration.
The post is funded by Ryedale District Council and is the first arts apprenticeship in the district.
“Helmsley Arts Centre has been such a huge influence on my career decisions,” said Natasha. “Enrolling with the youth theatre at 12, then progressing to become its assistant director has allow-ed me to continue using the skills I learnt at Youth Theatre and College, where I studied Performing Arts.
“Living in such a rural area where jobs in the arts are sparse, my apprenticeship at Helmsley Arts Centre is a chance of a lifetime. Not only will I get a qualification, it is also providing me with opportunities that I could not otherwise have gained without moving to a city.
“As the first Arts apprenticeship in my district I am very proud that it is with Helmsley Arts Centre.”
Cllr Linda Cowling, leader of Ryedale District Council, added: “We are delighted to be supporting the creative sector and local young people. This is a tremendous opportunity for a young person to really learn how an arts centre operates and experience the variety of work across the arts sector.”
Pictured: Em Whitfield Brooks, artistic director of Helmsley Arts Centre, and apprentice Natasha Jones.