Looking for a Company Trainee through the DWP Kickstart Scheme

Looking for a Company Trainee through the DWP Kickstart Scheme

Mimbre is seeking a Company Trainee. This position is a six month fixed term contract. It will give the post-holder an opportunity to learn how a small scale arts company works. This will include supporting the company across all of its operational areas: touring, production, youth programme, managing its online presence, administration as well as giving an insight into strategic planning.

Deadline: 9am Monday, 30th August 2021

Person Specification

+ Must currently be eligible for the Kickstart scheme – that is aged 18-24 and currently receiving Universal Credit
+ An interest in performing arts companies and how they work
+ Good verbal and written communication skills
+ A willingness to learn and get stuck in
+ A commitment to diversity and equality of opportunity

Training to be offered

As part of the Kickstart scheme, the successful candidate will also be offered a package of training opportunities including:
+ An overview of Mimbre’s financial processes, including budgeting, bookkeeping and management accounts
+ How to run a successful rehearsal room or participation session including Risk Assessments, agreeing ground rules and appropriate first aid cover
+ Mentoring, career advice and wellbeing
+ Social Media best practice
+ Short courses with ITC (Independent Theatre Council)
+ Shadowing opportunities in other theatre and circus organisations
+ Regular check-ins with Employment & Skills, Hackney Council
+ All staff have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training, a DBS check (provided by the company) and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation.
We are very happy to tailor the training package to the interests of the appointed person.


+ Application deadline: 9am Monday, 30th August 2021
+ Interview notifications: Friday 3rd September
+ Interviews: week commencing 6th September at Mimbre’s offices
+ Start Date: ASAP depending on candidate availability

Application Process

+ Please express your interest through this link (you will be asked for a CV and a few paragraphs on why you would be a good fit for the role). Hackney can also provide application support: https://opportunities.hackney.gov.uk/vacancy/arts-company-trainee-kickstart-6-month-paid-placement/
+ Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if you would just like to discuss the post in more detail before applying. Contact Executive Director, Lissy Lovett, on lissy@mimbre.co.uk quoting “Mimbre Company Trainee” in the subject line. Please also let us know if you require the information about the role in any other format.
+ The job description pack can be downloaded in Word here: Company Trainee 2021 DWP Kickstart Scheme
+ Separately we would be grateful if you would fill in an anonymous equal opportunities form at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/HbiEgE2W7RhNlCHH2 (This information will be considered completely separately from the recruitment process.)
This information will be considered separately from the recruitment process.

Mimbre supports working parents and is open to suggestions of flexible working that allow the candidate/s to fulfil the requirements of the role. If you are interested in proposing an application based on flexible working patterns please get in touch with us to discuss.

Mimbre is a female-led company and believes that women, people from African, Asian and other diasporas and disabled people are underrepresented at leadership level and on stage within the contemporary circus and outdoor sectors. Because of this we particularly encourage women, people from the global majority backgrounds, and disabled candidates to apply for this role.

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