As a new organisation committed to developing talented young performers in music, theatre and dance from across Wales, National Youth Arts Wales (NYAW) has also created accessible opportunities for those wishing to pursue careers in arts management ensuring its workforce accurately reflects its members and stakeholders.  

NYAW is delighted to welcome its two new recruits, Rhiannon Llewellyn as Trainee Producer and Chloe Baker as Trainee Arts Administrator.  Both roles were shaped in a way that would allow NYAW to play its part in encouraging applications from young people from socially diverse backgrounds, who might be interested in exploring a career in the creative industries.  

Gillian Mitchell, NYAW’s chief executive explained “We looked at potential barriers for applicants, seeking advice from young people in Wales and other stakeholders and changed our approach to recruitment as a direct result of those conversations.  We recognised that potential, not experience, was what we needed and wanted.  A few parameters were put in place; applicants had to be under 25 and recently graduated from a Welsh university. In addition, applicants had to have been in receipt of a full maintenance grant throughout their period of study. Inspired by the work of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries, we asked applicants to tell us about what inspired them and made the interview process as informal and relaxed as possible.”   

“We had a huge amount of interest in the roles and met some amazing people along the way but ultimately Rhiannon and Chloe felt like a good fit.  They have made a huge impact at NYAW in a short space of time and we are all enjoying learning from each other.” 

Rhiannon Llewelyn, 23, is a Performing Arts graduate from University of South Wales. ‘Whilst in school I was in every show and concert imaginable and without the support from my Drama teacher I’m not sure I would have gone to University; but boy am I glad I did! I gained exposure to the behind the scenes world of the creative industry and finally found my calling. Knowing how the arts changed my life and how it can change others’ makes me extremely grateful to work for NYAW and make a difference in young people’s lives. NYAW has given me the tools to share my passion with others and shape the future for the young people of Wales.’ 

Chloe Baker, 23, is a recent music graduate from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she became interested in the arts and orchestral management alongside performing the violin. “I grew up with an incredible music service and department at sixth form which lead towards me getting into music college. I was delighted to lead the RWCMD Symphony Orchestra that toured around Wales and performed to over 3000 school children. Ever since that tour, I have found it incredibly rewarding to see young people enjoying the arts, which is why I am enjoying my time at NYAW! I have been involved with preparing auditions and workshops for the ensembles and although I only have a music background, I have been involved with the dance and theatre ensembles too. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the team and cannot wait to see the residencies and performances in 2020! “ 

NYAW is committed to continuing to offer these opportunities to others and is exploring ways to extend them to school leavers in the future.