Belfast Telegraph

1,300 vying for arts centre jobs

Candidates vying for a job at Belfast's newest arts centre will have plenty of competition on their hands, with more than 1,300 people applying.

With 79 full and part-time opportunities available at the soon to open Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC), the operators say they have been overwhelmed by the response.

More than 150 people have also applied for a volunteer role at the MAC.

The £18 million landmark building in St Anne's Square, comprising two theatres, three art galleries and a host of other facilities, will open in April.

Anne McReynolds, chief executive, said: "It is fantastic to see such a large number of people who want to work at the MAC. The response has been so impressive from previous stages of MAC recruitment that we had to engage an agency to manage this recruitment process.

"We have a fantastic, exciting new resource for people in the heart of our city and it will be a stunning space for successful candidates to work in.

"This recruitment response also highlights the importance of investment in our arts sector as it shows that many local people want to work in and be part of the city's arts culture."

Ms McReynolds said while applications for jobs at the MAC were now closed there would be ongoing voluntary opportunities available.

"Voluntary work may not be people's first choice when it comes to their career, but it can often be a stepping stone for employment," she said. "We are really looking forward to finding an enthusiastic, talented and creative team to take the MAC through our opening programme and beyond."

The recruitment drive over the last couple of months has included catering opportunities with JRS, the local company delivering cafe and bar services at the MAC.

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