Decision details

Children's Capital of Culture: 2024/25 - Traineeship Programme

Decision Maker: Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


That the recommended allocations for the Phase 2 of funding for host organisations for the Children’s Capital of Culture Traineeship Programme are approved.







Date of Decision:

8th July, 2024


Children’s Capital of Culture: 2024/25 Traineeship Programme

Decision Maker:

(Including Job Title)

Polly Hamilton, Assistant Director, Culture, Sport & Tourism

Specific Delegation:

(If any)

Sub-scheme of Delegation


All financial matters relating to the management and delivery of cultural, leisure, green spaces, landscape design and sports services, including:

·       Awarding and distribution of grants

Brief Description of Decision:

That the 2024-25 funding allocations for traineeships are approved.


Reasons for the Decision:

The decision supports the delivery of the Children’s Capital of Culture traineeship programme, which provides paid job opportunities for local young people, increases capacity of local cultural organisations, and through this builds to the delivery of the Children’s Capital of Culture programme for 2025.


This enables seven organisations to provide paid, part-time employment to 17 x 16-to-25-year-olds from Rotherham, and to run a public-facing activity programme across the borough that is predicted to reach at least 50,000 people.



Details of alternative options considered and rejected:

Do not allocate the funding – failing to allocate the UKSPF funding to trainee host organisations using an open and competitive process would mean Children’s Capital of Culture is unable to fulfil its agreement around the purpose and timescales of spending this funding. This would be a substantial reputation risk for the Council and its partners, and may mean that the UKSPF grant is withdrawn and that the Council is unable to access future rounds of funding allocated through the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Conflicts of interest declared by any Executive Member consulted by the decision maker which relates to the decision:


Dispensations Granted:

(If any)



Reports or parts of reports considered



I certify that this is a true record of the executive decision to approve the proposed route for awarding grant funding to organisations who will host trainees, for the purpose of covering the costs associated with each placement.


Signed by the Decision Maker  

Dated:          04/07/2024



Name:          Polly Hamilton                          

Job Title:     Assistant Director, Culture, Sport and Tourism




Publication date: 08/07/2024

Date of decision: 08/07/2024

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