National Apprenticeship Week 2021

09 February 2021

Creative & Cultural Skills has been involved in apprenticeships since 2008, when we first supported the development of the creative apprenticeship frameworks for the industry. Since then we’ve seen thousands of apprentices start in the sector, supporting young people to pursue an alternative route into employment in our world leading industry.

Our passion for apprenticeships is unwavering, we remain committed to championing this route to work to address skills gaps and shortages and as a tool for increasing the diversity of our current and future workforce.

Former apprentices advocating for apprenticeships in the creative and cultural sector.

Former apprentices advocating for apprenticeships in the creative and cultural sector.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2021, we'd like to share some of the experiences of former apprentices who made their start in the creative and cultural sector and have since advocated for them:

Billy, former apprentice, Hull City Council

“I was clueless on what I wanted to do… This job has made me realise that I need to follow what I enjoy so the goal after the year is over is to try and make something of myself in the world of music and event planning. Without sounding corny, this has really been a life changer!”

Danielle, former apprentice, Sticky Fingers Arts

Joint winner of Northern Ireland Creative & Cultural Skills Apprentice of the Year 2016, Danielle established herself as a confident and capable young artist with a natural flair for both the arts and working with children. Danielle initiated and delivered an outreach programme and is now taking on freelance commissions.

Emma, former apprentice, Cahoots NI

Emma quickly became a valued member of the Cahoots team, taking over diverse responsibilities and adding her own creative flair to outreach programmes. She was seen to have made a significant difference to the company and was awarded joint winner of Northern Ireland Creative & Cultural Skills Apprentice of the Year 2016.

Tara, former apprentice, Hull City Council

“The experience and contacts I have gained has been invaluable. I can’t recommend apprenticeships enough. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for that great year of experience.”

Jake, former apprentice, Birmingham Rep

Having completed a Level 2 apprenticeship in Community Arts with Open Theatre Company who specialise in working with young people and emerging artists with learning disabilities. Jake has now progressed onto a Cultural Venues apprenticeship at The REP where he is further developing his skills and understanding of the creative sector.

Sarah, former apprentice, Creative & Cultural Skills

"From the very beginning I was involved in all things communications and marketing, and was constantly learning new skills and knowledge... Being an apprentice gave me the self-confidence that I needed within the workplace. Learning so much about business processes means that I can carry this knowledge with me, throughout the rest of my career, in any job role that I may have."

Sarah, former apprentice, London Transport Museum

“I want to shape the mentality of the young people who will be the leaders of tomorrow and support them to take charge of their future. I hope to help young people gain more volunteering and employability skills in my next role.”

Sherice, former apprentice, Lyric Hammersmith

Apprentice of the Year 2016, Sherice supported the delivery of extra-curricular activities in a range of different art forms, worked with schools to deliver a top quality cultural education and assisted on targeted programmes with disadvantaged and vulnerable young people.

Emma, former apprentice, Saffron Records

Emma was Apprentice of the Year 2017 and digital marketing apprentice for Bristol's first female youth record label Saffron Records.
"Very rarely are women given a platform for their talents to speak for themselves, without there being an emphasis on looks and their visual branding. Saffron Records offers up an invaluable platform for young artists who are female to be taken seriously in such a challenging industry. As the digital marketing apprentice I was thrilled to share the remarkable emerging talent signed to Saffron, one empowered woman at a time."

Sophie, former apprentice, The Backstage Centre

“College wasn’t for me and I knew instantly I wanted to be out working and earning money. My apprenticeships allows me to get hands-on experience, whilst gaining a Level 3 qualification. Within my first few weeks of working here, I knew I had made the right decision to become an apprentice.”

Sumayyah, former apprentice, The Goldfinger Factory

“I’ve been able to do things I never thought I could do. I have learnt so much and I literally learn something new every day. I love what I do, I’ve been able to develop confidence to grab any opportunity that comes my way that will give me more experience.”

Sherice, former apprentice, Lyric Hammersmith

Creative & Cultural Skills Apprentice of the Year 2016, Sherice supported the delivery of extra-curricular activities in a range of different art forms, worked with schools to deliver a top quality cultural education and assisted on targeted programmes with disadvantaged and vulnerable young people.

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