Creative Apprenticeship: Student Guide

From helping to run a record label’s office or organising community arts, to managing costumes or running the box office, there are many opportunities in this Creative Apprenticeship. Specialist areas include: Technical Theatre, Music Marketing and Promotion, Live Events & Promotion, Cultural and Heritage Venue Operations, Community Arts Administration.

In Live Events & Promotion, you would learn how to plan, promote and execute live events – this gives you the chance to be creative while testing your organisational skills.

The Music Marketing pathway could see you working for a record label maintaining contracts, planning budgets, supporting marketing campaigns or working with A&R to find new acts.If you chose Community Arts Administration, you might work on projects to encourage participation in artistic activities to help improve people’s quality of life. The role is artistic and creative, but involves managerial elements.

Cultural and Heritage Venue Operations could see you working in a local museum or theatre – you might provide customer service, organise events and exhibitions, or help maintain health and safety.In the Technical Theatre pathway, you might install and operate sound and lighting equipment; as a Costume & Wardrobe Apprentice, you could be responsible for producing and organising performers’ costumes.


The Apprenticeship: What will I learn?

There are three main strands to an Apprenticeship, known as the Framework: a competence-based element, a technical element and a skills element. 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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Have you considered coming to college full-time if you can’t find an Apprenticeship vacancy? You can start on many of our courses on a full-time basis, then if an Apprenticeship becomes available you can transfer across. Everything you’ll have learnt at college will be valuable to you at work. To discuss your full-time course options call 01902 836000.

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