ANNOUNCED AS THIS YEARS STAGE EXPERIENCE PROJECT
THE Liverpool Empire's
Stage Experience project for 2013 has been announced. Young people
from across the region are being offered the chance to perform on
the Liverpool Empire Stage in a production of the much-loved musical
Stage Experience is an annual two week summer school programme
during which, over 100 lucky young people will work alongside
industry professionals to stage a full scale musical production in
just 2 weeks.
Set in 1950's America, Grease is the story of wholesome good girl
Sandy and Greaser renegade Danny, who fall in love over the summer
and never expect to see each other again. But, when they both
discover they are attending the same high school, social differences
challenge their romance.
The hit musical features well-known favourites Summer-Lovin',
Hopelessly Devoted to you, Greased Lightening and We Go Together.
The project dates from 12 August to 24 August 2013, culminating in
performances on 22 August, 23 August and 24 August 2013. Potential participants will
need to audition, and these will take place on Sunday 10 March.
Those who wish to audition need to first complete an application
form, available to collect at the Empire's Box Office or to download
a copy, visit:-
and click on:- 'Creative Learning'.
Previous Stage Experience projects including Bugsy Malone, West Side
Story and Annie all received rave reviews and the number of
applications and auditions have increased year on year. Many
participants have taken part in the project every year since its
inception in 2007. The young people will be supported throughout the
project by a professional Director, Choreographer, Musical Director
and technical team.
Auditions are free and open to everyone between the ages of 11 and
21, regardless of experience. Applicants will not need to prepare
anything for their audition, but will take part in 3 group
workshop activities of dance, drama and singing.
The closing date for applications is 28 February 2013. Places for
auditions are limited, so please apply early to avoid
Liverpool could be missing out on funding for Apprenticeships
KAPLAN, a leading training
and education provider, is highlighting to local businesses in
Liverpool that they could be missing out on tens of thousands of
pounds in Apprenticeship Grants for Employers (AGE) being offered by
the National Apprenticeship Service and accessed through Kaplan. The
funding has been ring fenced for employers who have not hired an
apprentice in the last 12 months, but want to grow their business by
employing a 16 to 24 year old.
Over 13,000 businesses in Liverpool are eligible for the
Apprenticeships Grants, which can be made to any business with fewer
than 1,000 employees. The grant of £1,500 for each apprentice is in
addition to existing funding for apprenticeship training, which is
already met in full by government for young people aged 16 to 18 and
50% for those aged 19 to 24.
Statistics released by the Department for Business, Innovation and
Skills show that apprenticeships have increased in popularity in
recent years, with both businesses and young people valuing these
work-based pathways into careers. More than half a million (520,600)
people started an apprenticeship in 2011/12, up 13.9% on the
preceding year, which means employers in every sector are able to
tackle skills shortages and recruitment issues by accessing new
Kaplan training centre manager for Liverpool, Andrew Fitzsimmons,
says:- "The new Apprenticeship Grant, in addition to existing
funding for training, will help more local businesses in our area to
take advantage of the business benefits of recruiting apprentices,
including increased productivity, improved competitiveness and a
committed, competent and skilled workforce. Kaplan has a track
record of success in helping employers who haven't previously
employed an apprentice, or have not employed an apprentice in the
last 12 months, to find and develop the right talent for their
Kaplan's team of funding experts helps businesses to access these
grants from the National Apprenticeship Service and is available to
take questions and provide advice to ensure that local employers
take advantage of this opportunity to grow their workforce.
Andrew Fitzsimmons continues:- "Kaplan's training centres in
Manchester and London are already working with companies to access
this funding, and we want to ensure that Liverpool is not left