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Learn more about the National Gallery's Young Producers training opportunity, including entry criteria and how to apply

Young Producers 2019

What we are offering

How you will learn

Diversity and equal opportunities

Entry criteria

What you will bring to us

How to apply (application form)

What happens next?

Find out more before applying


Access information

Any questions?

What we are offering

The National Gallery is recruiting a vibrant team of 10 Young Producers (aged 18 to 25) with broad-ranging skills and interests to deliver activities that will inspire Gallery visitors.

Young Producers is a 10–12 month training opportunity designed to build workplace skills through real experience, collaborating and sharing with creative professionals and peers. Young Producers will be expected to commit 4 hours per week of their time.

Young Producers will learn about and contribute to public engagement at the National Gallery, including activities, events, and digital content. They will support the Gallery in connecting young people and other audiences with the collection.

How you will learn

This is a highly participative hands-on training programme, offering varied opportunities to experience real-life activities within a cultural sector workplace by:

  • Supporting the Education team in developing and delivering workshops and events for diverse young audiences
  • Collaborating with other Young Producers to engage different audiences with the Gallery’s collection and temporary exhibitions
  • Collaborating with staff in other teams across the wider Gallery including Curatorial and Communications to enrich the visitor experience
  • Undertaking training as appropriate to the role
  • Attending weekly development and planning meetings.

Diversity and equal opportunities

To participate in the programme, you will need to commit to the following:

  • We value and respect our colleagues and members of the public regardless of their background
  • We work hard to ensure equality of opportunity and encourage diversity.

Entry criteria

  • GCSE grade A to D (or equivalent) in English and Maths
  • Aged 18 to 25 on 1 September 2019
  • You can demonstrate some experience of participating in and engaging with arts and culture (visual arts, design, film-making, performance, music etc.), for example you might have been involved in your school’s drama club or orchestra or you might enjoy making films on your phone
  • You can demonstrate a commitment and enthusiasm for learning; although you will be supported you will also need to manage yourself
  • You can demonstrate an interest in working in the creative and cultural sectors
  • You may already have some experience of supporting other people’s learning

What you will bring to us

  • Ability to manage your own time and prioritise tasks
  • Ability to use your initiative and work independently
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people
  • Flexibility and ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Self-motivation and demonstrable ability to see a task through to completion
  • Ability to act in ways that supports equality and diversity, including those you come into contact with respect regardless of background

The training involves working on projects with National Gallery employees, visitors, the building, and the collection. Successful selection for this training opportunity is therefore subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

How to apply 

Please complete the on-line application form on our website.

The deadline for applications is midnight Sunday 1 September 2019.

Please see the National Gallery privacy policy

The National Gallery is actively committed to promoting the equal treatment of people with disabilities and long term health conditions. If you think you might require reasonable adjustments to complete this application form please get in contact. We will be happy to assist you.

What happens next?

If your application is shortlisted you will be invited to:

Young Producers recruitment interview and workshop 
Saturday 12 October 2019
10.30am–4pm (to be confirmed)
Pigott Education Centre, Orange St

This fun, interactive session will be an opportunity for you to get to know the Gallery and find out more about the kind of projects Young Producers will be leading. Importantly it also helps us to get to know you and to match up a successful team. 


What is the time commitment?
Young Producers will be asked to commit at least 4 contact hours a week. This would be either part of a meeting with other Young Producers and Gallery staff to develop briefs, take part in training to support your learning or to deliver events and activities.

This should be something that you can do alongside work, but it will be easier for you to work with the Gallery more closely if you are able to give some time in office hours. However, it is possible that some work could be done from home too.
When meetings and training take place depends on the availability of the Young Producers we recruit. It may be that when undertaking different briefs that you might want to give more time to get the most out of the piece of work, however it is up to you what additional time you can contribute.

In order to get the best possible experience Young Producers are required to engage with the Gallery for a minimum of 10 months from October 2019 to October 2020. Being able to commit to the full term will allow Young Producers to access and benefit from all the projects and provided training.

What if I don’t live in London?
Young Producers will be required to meet Gallery staff and other Producers on a regular basis, for weekly meetings and compulsory training. You might want to bear this in mind if you live outside the Greater London area.

Travel costs

Please also note that the Gallery will be able to reimburse travel expenses of up to £10 per meeting.

Right to work and volunteer (international students)
International students will need to confirm the following in order to take part in the Young Producers programme:

  • The right to work or volunteer in the UK and/or a Tier 4 visa
  • Approval from your University or training provider to take part in additional training outside of your course
  • If you are here on a student visa you must be undertaking your study for the entire duration of the Young Producers training course (until October 2020).

Access information

The National Gallery is actively committed to promoting the equal treatment of people with disabilities and long term health conditions. As a public-sector organisation, all our public buildings and office spaces are fully accessible to those with mobility needs.

We gently encourage disclosure and will work with you to accommodate any additional requirements you may need in order that you are not put at a disadvantage to your peers and colleagues. We will be glad to make reasonable adjustments, both in the recruitment stage, and after, as necessary.

If you would like to discuss adjustments with a member of the team, please call 020 7747 5820 (Monday–Friday, 10–5)

Any more questions?