News/March 2021
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Ever wanted to work on a film shoot? Test a mobile game? Or work with artists? 

We’re offering a series of Kickstart placements this year for 18-24 year olds to start a career in the arts. Kickstart is a government-funded scheme which offers work placements for young people at risk of long-term unemployment.

If you are eligible, you must be referred to us by your work coach at Job Centre Plus. We are unable to consider applications via other routes.

You can apply now for the first two placements, starting in late April 2021. Each placement is 25 hours per week for a period of six months, paid at the Real Living Wage.

We will adapt the placements according to your interests and experience – so please apply even if you’re not 100% sure what some of the words in the job description mean, or if you don’t ‘tick all the boxes’. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to ask any questions or speak to us about the opportunities in more detail.

  • Deadline for applications: 10am on Monday 5th April 2021
  • Start date: 26th April 2021


About the roles

Blast Theory is a company that makes interactive art: we turn websites and mobile apps into thrilling entertainment experiences; create feature films where actors and stories respond to you in real time; design events where your phone guides you on real-life adventures through the city; and make mobile games that invite you to reimagine yourself and your future.

We’re a friendly team of nine people, working closely together to deliver projects. We’ll offer support throughout your time with us: including mentoring sessions to give careers guidance and practical advice with things like CVs and job applications; a full induction to get to know the studios, the team and the projects we’re working on; and helping you to learn new skills like editing and video production. If you’re working on your own creative projects, we’ll also support you in developing your ideas.

You will be able to obtain a Digital Badge as part of either of these roles: this is a verifiable record of your achievement that you can use for future employment and development.


Development/Technical Assistant

We’re looking for a Development/Technical Assistant to join our team of artists, coders and designers. As part of the role you will learn new skills in production; marketing and communications; data and analytics; design; and software development.

We’re looking for someone with an interest in learning how to design and build mobile apps and websites, and/or how to use and analyse data. You don’t need any professional experience in website development or coding, and you don’t need to have a degree or formal training. But if you’re curious about the technologies which make mobile apps and websites work, interested in coding, and want to learn new technical skills, we’d love to hear from you.

As Development/Technical Assistant you’ll learn about and work in the following areas:

  • Designing new websites and apps using tools such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Google Docs
  • Testing websites and apps using tools such as Bugherd and Gitlab
  • Writing code for new websites and apps in HTML, CSS and Javascript
  • Updating existing websites and apps using WordPress
  • Maintaining cloud-based web servers and network services
  • Maintaining computers, printers and IT systems
  • Using data analytics tools such as Google Analytics, Hotjar and Traject Social
  • Using marketing and communications tools such as Google Ads and MailChimp


Project Assistant

We’re also looking for a Project Assistant to work with the friendly Blast Theory artists and team. As part of the role you will learn new skills in office administration; production; marketing and communications; events support; and video editing.

We’re looking for someone with an interest in working with an artist group, and an enthusiasm for learning. You don’t need any professional experience, and you don’t need to have a degree or formal training. But if you’re curious about Blast Theory’s work, and want to learn new skills, we’d love to hear from you.

As Project Assistant you’ll be working in some of the following areas:

  • Administration
  • Creative research and development
  • Testing and preparing equipment
  • Artwork production and artistic support
  • Studio and events support
  • Marketing and communications

Read more about the Kickstart Scheme on the government website