Leah Brown, 21 from Alva, Clackmannanshire, has worked as a Modern Apprentice within the Council’s Culture team since 2019 as she completed a diploma in Cultural Venue Operations.
After assisting the Council’s Communications Team with supporting media delegates at the 2019 general election at the Albert Halls, Leah has went on to help deliver a wide variety of cultural and entertainment projects over the last 18 months. This included the popular Tolbooth Shindigs - two seasons of livestreamed musical performances from the Tolbooth featuring local bands and artists.
The bulk of this work came as the Council’s Culture Venue Operations Services made adjustments in line with the restrictions caused by the pandemic.
Leah said: “The Culture team is passionate about the work they do and it’s evident through the events and services they provide. I feel it’s rewarding to see our events run successfully and see new and returning visitors enjoying our programme.
“The technicians have been very supportive and have taught me a lot since I started shadowing them during live performances. I am now able to operate the sound and lighting desks during live performances held at the Tolbooth and Albert halls and I really enjoy contributing to the shows.”
As part of her apprenticeship, Leah has helped to deliver the Forth Valley Art Festival and was involved in the Culture team’s first ever Halloween parade, primarily helping with the Witching Hour Exhibition. She also took responsibility for health and safety during Stirling’s 2019 Hogmanay celebrations.
Leah said: "I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the time I’ve spent working with Stirling Council’s Culture team. From the very beginning I felt included, encouraged and supported to learn and develop my skillset; not only in cultural operations and event management but also technical theatre.
“I’m grateful that I have been given a constant stream of exciting opportunities to learn and develop my event management, cultural operations and technical theatre skills in a supportive environment. I look forward to another year of working with the team to deliver a diverse creative and cultural programme.”
Cllr Chris Kane, Convenor of the Community Planning and Regeneration Committee said: “I’m delighted that the Culture team with Stirling Council has fostered such a positive environment which has allowed a talented young apprentice to develop her skill set.
“Stirling Council is committed to ensuring that young people in our communities are afforded the opportunity to enter into Modern Apprenticeships such as this in order to provide training and employability within their chosen field.”
Vice Convenor Cllr Scott Farmer said: “It’s vital that Stirling Council is supportive of the professional aspirations of our young people and I’m incredibly proud that the Culture team have helped to nurture a Modern Apprentice through their diploma.
“Furthermore the team have been a credit to the Council as a whole by managing to deliver a programme of fantastic events in the most challenging of circumstances over the last year.”