Project information

Hay Academy

Hay Academy is a skills development programme that gives young people from across the UK, aged 18-25, the opportunity to join the Hay Festival team to develop their skills, knowledge and potential career path in the creative industries, whilst volunteering in a professional working environment.

January 2018 - January 2019

Charity information: Hay Festival Foundation

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  • Need


    Young people are often faced with financial barriers when applying or undertaking work experience.
    Hay Academy seeks to make work placement opportunities accessible to all, regardless of socio-economic background.


    Hay Academy eliminates the direct cost of work experience at the Hay Festival, by covering the costs of travel, accommodation and food, as well as any other reasonable expenses.

    The Foundation would like to extend the remit of the Hay Academy programme by including work experience placements with a selection of the Festivals partners, alongside a bursaries programme to cover any associated costs.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a range of accessible internships and work experience opportunities.


    » Engage with various Festival departments to create up to 52 placements at the Hay Festival, in broadcast media, Press Office and Events Management.
    » Identify and work with festival partners to create placements and work experience positions in their businesses.
    » Using the resources that the Hay Festival has at its disposal to communicate the opportunities to as wide a base as possible.

    What success will look like

    By filling each of the positions, surveying and reporting back on the successful applicants experiences.

  • Impact


    The project will try to ensure that socio economic background does not discount young people from pursuing work placement opportunities.

    The Foundation will report back on the uptake and profile of applicants.


    There is a risk that we may not receive enough applications or find suitable applicants to fill the roles. To combat this risk we will ensure that we will include the project in our overall communication strategy.

    There is a risk that the Festival's partners will not offer suitable positions. To counter this risk we have already started conversations with partners about providing appropriate opportunities.


    The Hay Festival produces an annual report on its activities, which include all of the Foundation projects. This report is made available on the Festival website at The Foundation will also create a specific report which will be circulated to donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Communications Promotion and marketing of opportunities in newsletters, website and social media.
      £3,000 Administration Project management, monitoring and reporting
      £24,000 Internship costs Accommodation, food and travel for Hay Festival and Festival partners work experience positions
  • Background


    The Hay Festival and Hay Festival Foundation is based in Hay on Wye, a small Welsh rural market town on the border of England and Wales. With 35 second hand bookshops it is internationally recognised as the Town of Books. It has a population of 1500 people.

    Hay Academy Festival internships happen during the Hay Festival every Spring. Placements with Festival partners will happen throughout the year.


    Young people aged 18 - 25 will benefit from the Hay Academy project.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Festival has experience in developing and managing a range of education and outreach projects and has successfully offered a number of internships and work experience at the festival in Wales as well as at Hay Festivals globally.

    The Hay Festival Foundation works closely with Hay Festival's partners and stakeholders, who represent a full cross section of industry in the arts and private sector, to open up the best opportunities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Maggie Kerr

    As Development Director, Maggie will oversee the development and management of the project.

    Dylan Jones

    Dylan Jones, Hay Festival Foundation Chair, will help facilitate the work experience with various Festival's partners.

    Aine Venables

    As Education manager, Aine will liaise with schools and colleges to ensure that the project is communicated effectively.

    Adrian Lambert

    As Chief of Staff, Adrian will supervise the application process and ensure that best practice and Festival policies are in place.