Two young people embrace.
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Are you 18-24 years old and live, work or study in Bradford?

Are you creative and feel passionate about Bradford? Then our new Young Creatives programme may be for you.

Deadline: Wednesday 14 August

Next year, Bradford 2025 UK City of Culture will be one of the biggest arts festivals in the world, with over 1,000 new performances and events across music, visual arts, theatre, film, museums, street art, libraries, photography, craft and far beyond.

Young Creatives is Bradford 2025’s new 16-month work-based training programme that mixes paid work with study. Paid at the living wage foundation rate of £12 per hour (£23,088 per year) we are looking to recruit 10 young people aged 18-24 from a range of backgrounds who are enthusiastic, passionate about Bradford and bursting with creative energy.

Key information

What is the point of the programme? To build skills and experiences for young people within a large arts and culture organisation and partner arts organisations

How many roles are available? We are seeking to recruit 10 young people

What does it look like? One day of study and four days of paid work placement per week

How long for? 16 months

When does it start? September 2024

When does it finish? January 2026

How to apply

Interested? You will need to fill in a form to submit your application. Click here to start your application.

The questions in the form are all about you. If you want to prepare your answers, the questions we ask include:

  • Your personal details – your name and contact information.
  • What makes you passionate about Bradford? This could include anything, like its food, people, or places.
  • Can you tell us a time where you showed creativity and passion? This may be a school, college or university project or something from work or volunteering.
  • Can you tell us a time where you worked well as part of a team? This could be at school or a group you’re a part of, like a music, dance or drama group.
  • A piece of creative work that you are inspired by. This could be a theatre piece, lyrics from a song, a film, street art – anything you can think of.

We will also ask for a copy of your CV.

If you would prefer to submit a video or voice note application, you can choose this option when you fill in the form.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the team at [email protected]


  • Successful candidates notified – 6 September 2024
  • Cohort start date – 30 September 2024
  • Placements with partners begin – 24 March 2025
  • Cohort completion – 2 January 2026

Find out more

We will be running a series of information days so that people can find out more about Young Creatives (plus other opportunities at Bradford 2025) and to meet some of the team.

  • Wednesday 17 July, 5-6pm (ONLINE)
  • Wednesday 24 July, 5-6pm (ONLINE)
  • Tuesday 30 July, 5-6pm (Bradford 2025 office, City Park, Bradford BD1 1SD)
  • Tuesday 6 August, 5-6pm (Bradford College, Great Horton Road, Bradford BD7 1AY)
  • Wednesday 7 August, 5-6pm (Bradford College, Great Horton Road, Bradford BD7 1AY)

If you’re a young person who would like to come to one of these information sessions, please email [email protected] telling us which one you’d like to attend, plus your name and any access requirements that you have.

If you’re an organisation that supports opportunities for young people and would like to invite one of the Bradford 2025 team to speak to the groups you work with, please email [email protected] telling us the details of your organisation, which groups you work with, possible dates/venues (including online) and how many young people would be likely to attend the session.

Thank you to our partners

The Young Creatives Programme is funded by Yorkshire based funders: the Harry and Mary Foundation and the Charles and Elsie Sykes Trust, who share our passion for creating life changing opportunities for Young People connected to Bradford.