Former apprentice Odira More
Filmmaker Odira More found a creative apprenticeship gave him a way into the arts sector as well as the qualifications he needed to move on to university.
The 30-year-old, who graduated with a degree in Moving Image in Graphic Design from Central Saint Martins, said: “I was volunteering and freelancing at Wolverhampton Art Gallery and when the opportunity of an apprenticeship in came up in Cultural Heritage and Venue Management I was encouraged to apply for it.
“I found every person working at the gallery to be very supportive and encouraging from the moment I started volunteering there. I was encouraged to develop and implement my own young persons’ projects and programmes and my role was very much in events management.
“The apprenticeship scheme is a great programme and something that we need more of in the arts sector because there are lot of kids who come from poorer backgrounds that simply can’t afford to gain work experience without pay. Apprenticeships give them the opportunity to showcase their skills and talent and get into the sector.”