Creative Apprenticeship: Employer Guide

The world’s creative economy is growing faster than the service industries and at four times the rate of manufacturing growth.

To remain competitive, Creative and Cultural businesses in the UK will need to train, attract and retain the right workforce, developing skills to ensure this country stays at the forefront of artistic and business success.

Although 51% of the sector’s workforce have at least a Level 4 qualification, skills shortages still exist and employers say they are struggling to recruit new staff due to a lack of experience and specialist skills.

As part of the framework the Apprentice will study Key Skills in Application of Number, Literacy and ICT at the appropriate level plus Personal Thinking and Learning Skills.

There are six pathways options:

  1. Music – Live Events & Promotion: performers; directors assistant; assistant stage manager; production assistant; technical assistant; wardrobe props; licensing/contracts; artist management
  2. Music Business: programmers and assistants; producers assistants – live events; administrators of live events; publishing; marketing and communications; artist management; artists and repertoire; record label employee; booking agent; publicity and promotion staff.
  3. Technical Theatre: stage assistant; production assistant; technical assistant lighting/stage electrics; sound engineer; rigger/flyman; special effects and pyrotechnics
  4. Costume & Wardrobe: wardrobe assistant; pattern cutting; repairs and alterations; costume design
  5. Cultural & Heritage Venue Operations: front of house staff, administration; attendant/gallery staff/warden; customer, visitor service staff; guide demonstrators; sales staff; school liaison
  6. Community Arts & Education: arts development officers/coordinators; project coordinators and managers; outreach workers; youth work; fundraising assistant; community artist; education assistant; contracts assistant
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