Aire to There - Traineeship for Young People

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Geraldine Connor Foundation

Aire to There is a new paid traineeship, where 10 young people from Leeds aged 16-25 will learn the local and international history of the Leeds Waterfront, uncover hidden stories and use their voice to guide others by creating audio tracks for walking and boat tours. It is part of a region wide programme, Ignite Yorkshire, which aims to connect young people and Yorkshire’s industrial stories.

Led by Joe Williams (founder of award-winning Leeds Black History Walks) of Heritage Corner and supported by historical researchers and artists the selected young people will pick the route, choose the stories and perform the audio for the tours. In the process they will commission and work with a sound artist and be at the heart of the creative decisions to make the audio walk.

These audio tours will then be launched to the public in the summer with an outdoor event and exhibition as well as the audio walk being downloadable online.

a man and a woman on a boat, the woman is wearing a life jacket

We are looking for 10 creative, curious and open-minded young people from Leeds (aged 16 - 25) who have questions about how and where history is told.

Please remember this is a traineeship – you don’t need experience to apply! Learning is part of the process, so passion is more important than qualifications. Participants will gain a digital badge to add to their CV.

This is a paid opportunity, and participants will receive a minimum of £83.16 for the three days, plus any travel expenses. All sessions are planned to take place in central Leeds.

Aire to There is a great opportunity to:

•    Develop your skills in communication, research and audio technology
•    Gain paid experience in the cultural, creative heritage sector 
•    Work with artists and creative practitioners on a live project brief
•    Discover hidden histories
•    Meet and work with other young people interested in history, arts and creativity
•    Voice your perspective
•    Shape the story of the city!

Thoughts from participants on our 2020 project, Represent, can be seen in this short film.

a canal boat on the river with buildings in the background

Wednesday June 2nd – Friday June 4th 2021, 11am - 5pm daily.

There are 10 places available for Aire to There. Please apply online using this sign-up form.

Deadline for applications: Sunday 16th May 2021, 11:59pm

If you have any questions please get in touch with us! You can email Selina at

Aire to There is presented through the partnership of Ignite Yorkshire, IVE, Heritage Corner, Canal Connections and the Geraldine Connor Foundation and is supported by funding from Leeds Inspired and National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Images by JMA Photography.