Creative, media and the arts

The arts world covers everything from film to fashion, music to computer gaming. While it’s the artists and actors, musicians and models who take centre stage, they wouldn’t be there without armies of assistants and teams of technicians – just take a look at the number of crew members listed in the credits next time you watch a film.

The creative industries are very popular, with lots of competition for job roles. It’s not easy to walk into your dream job in TV or the fashion industry, so an apprenticeship can be a great way to get a foot in the door.

Creativity takes on many forms and, likewise, the creative industry encompasses a broad array of jobs requiring different practices, talents and skills. The apprenticeships in this section sample a good portion of that range. If you’re technically savvy, then you could use the latest digital imaging techniques in a variety of photography-related roles or help rig the lighting for a playhouse. Like working with your hands? Then you could learn how to work the machines that manufacture clothing.

There’s also a strong administrative side to this industry, so you could find yourself contributing to the office of a busy record label, helping to promote a live event, or organising member information for a theatre. Have a look at the advertising and marketing communications apprenticeship on page 92 to find out more about varied job roles within the fast-moving advertising sector. You could even take on a more socially engaged role by working for a community arts programme.

You’ll find most opportunities in London and larger cities, but there are openings for creative types in most places. Imagination and a flair for English, art, music or a similar creative subject can help you succeed in the creative industries. But this is also a sector where passion and hard work will get you far.

Don’t expect anyone to roll out the red carpet for you at the beginning—long, antisocial hours are not unusual, and the pay is often not great for junior staff. But the work is fun and fulfilling, and you’ll be working with interesting and creative people.

At a glance

  • There are more than 3,000 creative apprenticeships in the sector—demand for places is very high!
  • Opportunities are available in film, TV, advertising, fashion, journalism, radio, design and many more

Qualities

  • Have artistic or craft skills
  • Have lots of creative flair
  • Enjoy new ideas and have plenty of your own
  • Work as part of a team
  • Be passionate about your chosen field
  • Take an interest in the arts and culture
  • Be prepared to work long and sometimes unconventional hours
  • Be motivated by doing a job you love and not just money

Useful contacts

Creative & Cultural Skills—Skills and training for the UK’s creative and cultural industries

www.ccskills.org.uk

Creative Skillset—Industry skills body for the creative industries

www.creativeskillset.org

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