Thornton Road, Bradford, BD13 3LD


01274 834747

Activities Traineeship Vacancy

25 hours per week at national living wage £8.72 per hour | Length of contract: 6 months

Deadline for applications: Monday 13th September 12noon 


South Square is looking for an enthusiastic and conscientious Activity Trainee to work with Alice Withers (South Square’s Programme Manager and Heritage Activities Officer), Yvonne Carmichael (South Square’s Managing Director), Chloe Moreton (Heritage Activities Assistant) and volunteers to deliver an exciting programme of heritage activities, workshops, events and community partnership projects. The successful candidate will need to be an excellent communicator, self-motivated and able to use social media and video conferencing. Equipment (eg. Macbook, dropbox, camera, ipad) will be provided for the successful candidate to carry out the role.

Aimed at those looking to gain experience of arts, heritage and community projects working with a variety of audiences and practitioners. This is an excellent development opportunity to work for grassroots art, community and heritage organisation South Square Centre.

As a member of the South Square team you will have a key role in the development and delivery of the activity programme, activities will include marketing (social media and print), programming and installing exhibitions, delivering (online) workshops and events. 

During your traineeship you will have the opportunity to work with material from Thornton Antiquarian Societies archive as well as developing connections with local schools, colleges and care homes.

Throughout the traineeship you will receive continual support, mentoring and training to develop a range of key skills.

The role will include:

– Invigilating the Galleries, welcoming and talking to visitors about the exhibitions and the centre.

– Opening and closing the gallery, checking/switching on/off equipment.

– Managing evaluation materials. Collecting and collating visitor and participant feedback using paper – and online survey’s, the feedback board and through 1 to 1 interviews.

– Working in partnership with the Thornton Antiquarian Society supported by the Heritage Activities Officer to develop activities and exhibitions. This will bring to life archive materials relating to local textile production, South Square’s history as an arts centre and Thornton’s literary connections as birthplace of the Brontë sisters.

– Learning about heritage, supporting with heritage research, feeding into the range of heritage activities.

– Supporting and developing workshops and activities, including working with volunteers

– Supporting marketing of exhibitions, events and online workshops including; writing press releases, designing invites and marketing material, organising distribution of printed material, producing stories/content for online marketing.

– Liaising with and attending meetings with programme team Heritage Activities Officer, SSC Director/Project Manager, Activity Consultants, organisational partners, Heritage Mentor and Project Evaluator

– Curating and installing exhibitions, setting up/clearing away for small scale events events.

– Documenting activities

Person Specification Essential

Interested in talking to and welcoming a wide range of visitors

Ability to work in a self-directed manner and show initiative

Experience using social media to promote events

Excellent communication, written and IT skills

Interest in the regional cultural scene in Bradford and its audiences

Interest in organising/producing exhibitions, cultural or heritage projects

Candidates will have the opportunity to join to participate in a staff online Disability Awareness training session 9am til 1pm 12th October 2021. 

Applicants must be receiving universal credit and contact their work coach and express their interest in the role. 

Application Process: Please submit a covering email and CV as one document with a maximum 4 pages, outlining your relevant experience and interest in the role and email to Applicants are also welcome to submit applications in audio or video format, files can be sent by WeTransfer, we request that they are within a duration of 15 minutes.  

About the project

This Activities Traineeship is part of South Square Centre’s successful application to National Lottery Heritage Fund to undertake a capital refurbishment of Grade II workers cottages as well as a three year programme of heritage activities. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players there also will be an exciting activity programme of online activities, events, workshops and exhibitions. These will highlight local industrial heritage, Thornton as the birthplace of the Brontë’s and South Square’s own history as a grassroots cultural and arts centre.


About South Square Centre

South Square Centre is run by registered charity Thornton and Allerton Community Association Ltd (1122128). On site there are art galleries, community and workshop spaces as well as the many businesses including Plenty at the Square Café, Rushworth’s Fine Art Framers, and The Watchmakers. Importantly South Square also provides a safe and publicly accessible home for Thornton Antiquarian Societies local history archive; as well as studio spaces for a range of artists, community groups and organisations.