A total of 14 new jobs are to be created at Nottingham’s Malt Cross after the venue received more than £1.38 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
It was announced at the start of the year that the former music hall on St James’s Street had successfully secured the funding, which will form an integral part of a £1.7m Heritage Outreach and Engagement Project to create a major new attraction for the city.
Bringing to life two unused floors and an 11th century cave underneath the Malt Cross, the six-month renovation will result in a new state-of-the-art heritage education, tourism, arts, crafts and music centre.
Now the Malt Cross Trust, which runs the historic venue, has revealed that it has started recruiting for eight new full-time roles and six apprenticeship opportunities. This will see the current team expand by 40 per cent.
Amongst the new full-time roles being created are the positions of marketing and fundraising manager, heritage engagement worker, and music, arts and events manager.
In addition, apprenticeships will be offered in: fundraising, administration, catering, hospitality and heritage, arts and crafts. An apprenticeship in music and events will also be on offer, in conjunction with the Confetti institute of creative technologies in Nottingham.
Jo Cox-Brown, chief executive of the Malt Cross Trust, is delighted to be able to bring such a high number of new roles to the city:
“It’s a sad fact that many charities across the UK are shrinking because of a lack of access to funds. The investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund has allowed us to buck this national trend and we now find ourselves in the position of being able to significantly expand our team.
“The apprenticeship opportunities are particularly exciting for us. We are looking forward to working with the successful young people to give them the best start possible in their careers, whilst helping them to continue to expand their skills sets.
“Since the HLF announcement was made, we’ve seen a wealth of new customers coming through the door and it’s great news that so many people are keen to engage with the Malt Cross and its history. There will certainly be plenty more opportunities to do this over the coming months.”
Work on the Malt Cross renovation, which is the only surviving saloon music hall still functioning outside of London, will begin in April and is scheduled for completion in September 2014.
For full details of the full-time and apprenticeship opportunities available at the Malt Cross, visit www.maltcross.com.