YOUNG people across the Bradford district are being offered "once in a life time" opportunities ahead of 2025's City of Culture celebrations.

The 12-month countdown to the cultural extravaganza is on and young people will be brought into the heart of programming, Bradford 2025 said.

Aimed at people aged between 16 and 22, the Youth Panel will help plan a range of activities and visit leading cultural institutions. 

They will also have access to skill-building workshops and masterclasses from some of the UK’s - and the world’s - leading artists and creative professionals.

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Trips include the Tate galleries, the Royal Opera House, and the Government Art Collection.

Youth panel

The youth panel attracted almost 50 applications from all corners of the district.

The first members of the Bradford 2025 Youth Panel have now been revealed.

17 young people have now been recruited from a diverse range of backgrounds.

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It is made up of GCSE and A-level pupils, university students studying film and Artificial Intelligence, a care worker, and a finance apprentice.

Noor, a member of the Bradford 2025 Youth Panel, said: “I love seeing Bradford getting amazing things. Bradford 2025 is going to change my city and I joined the Youth Panel so I could be a part of the change.”

Paid apprenticeships and creative roles

Other opportunities include 10 paid apprenticeships and a Young Creatives scheme in partnership with Bradford School of Art and Bradford College.

The Young Creatives will be given paid roles to work in the programming and producing departments of Bradford 2025.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Young people in Bradford 2025's programme so farYoung people in Bradford 2025's programme so far (Image: Nathan McGill)

The 18-month scheme is supported by a £250,000 grant from the Bradford-based Harry & Mary Foundation, which focuses on improving the education and wellbeing of the under 25s. 

Paid at the Living Wage Foundation rate, successful applicants will work towards a Level 4 Professional Diploma in Creative Enterprise. 

These roles will be advertised for application in late February and March. 

As part of Bradford 2025’s remit to enhance skills and training opportunities for young people, Bradford 2025 is also announcing six paid apprenticeship roles across various departments including marketing, digital, producing, and operations.

The full-time roles are being run in partnership with Access Creative College, the UK’s industry-led creative college. 

These roles will go live for applications at the end of January, with further apprenticeship opportunities to be announced throughout 2024.

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'A life-changing opportunity'

John McMahon, head of engagement – skills and volunteers, at Bradford 2025, said: “Bradford has a wide tapestry of young talent – it’s one of the reasons why the district was awarded the title.

"This is a life-changing opportunity for young people who are at an age where they’re having to make big decisions about their futures, and to experience just how exciting and fulfilling a career in the creative sector can be.

"Our Young Creatives initiative aims to kick start Bradford’s young people on their career paths in the cultural sector, which will empower them and help create a new generation of homegrown, cultural leaders.”