Young Associates Programme


Applications for the Young Associates Team are now open for Autumn 2018!

“It was an eventful weekend, I enjoyed the process leading up to the event and especially the weekend” – 2018 Young Associate

“[I learnt] how to write an advert, to promote things” – 2018 Young Associate

What is it?

The Young Associates will work with Unit Twenty Three to become the leaders in supporting community & arts activity we’re involved in. The team will be part of the family and have equal influence over our work in the community, delivering and informing it. The team is a voluntary training programme; and it’s free!

What will the team do?

Young Associates meet regularly to learn new skills in event management and delivery. This will involve practical training and a ‘just do it’ approach whereby the team will work to pull together their first event a few months later. Members of the team may specialise in different areas from marketing, technical support, stewarding, to artist liaison. The team will meet more often as the events come closer.

What training and qualification will I get?

Develop confidence, communication, teamwork and leadership skills.

We’ll teach you all about planning, promoting, setting-up, delivering and evaluating arts activities. You’ll learn about approaching artists, budgeting, marketing, key requirements to putting on events, technical skills to help support stages, lighting, sound and most of all you’ll learn lifelong project management skills.

Through this you have the option to work towards an Arts Award. This is a flexible qualification recognised by schools, colleges and universities. There is no exam to take, it’s all about building your personal portfolio of the work you do with us. This might be online, in a sketchbook or if you prefer on film.

What about the long-term?

As stated above, you’ll have vital skills to take forward in to employment. You might consider a career in the arts, join our paid team in the years to come! Skills in budgeting, planning, communication and leadership are well recognised and needed for all businesses. There will be opportunities beyond our arts projects of course – you’ll be able to work with us on more one day events.

Who is it for?

The project is aimed at young people aged 14-19 primarily. Ideally from Diss and the surrounding areas.

So, how can I join the team?

It’s easy! Just download and fill out the Young Associate Interest Form below and email it over to the team. We have yet to decide on a new start date for the Autumn yet, but once we have a few interested people, we’ll be in touch.

Young Associate Interest Form – download here

Any questions?

Drop us an email info@unittwentythree.co.uk or call us on 01379 882200 – we’re usually around between 9.00-5.30PM.