Take centre stage as you light up your career in the arts

Creative, media and the arts covers everything from film to fashion, music to gaming. The creative industries are very popular, with lots of competition for job roles. It’s not easy to walk into your dream job in television 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. While the artists and models may take centre stage, their name wouldn’t be in lights without the teams of assistants, publicists and technicians involved behind the scenes.

If you’re technically savvy, then you could use the latest digital imaging techniques in a variety of visual effects or photography-related roles, or help rig the lighting for a playhouse. If you like working with your hands, then consider the assistant puppet maker apprenticeship.

There are also opportunities to join the exciting world of broadcasting via an apprenticeship scheme. Anyone hoping to join television or radio in a technical role would be well advised to read up on how to become a broadcasting production assistant or outside broadcasting engineer.

There’s a strong administrative side to this sector, so you could find yourself helping to promote a live event, or organising member information for a theatre. As a publishing assistant, you could provide support for specific areas across all key parts of the publishing process, from the conception of a book, digital product or journal, through to the production, in a variety of paper and digital formats. You could even take on a more socially engaged role by working for a community arts programme.

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Advertising and media executive

Oversee the day-to-day progress of the whole advertising process An advertising and media executive oversees the day-to-day progress of the whole advertising process, from receiving the brief from the marketing

Archaeological specialist

Plan, undertake and lead archaeological research and investigations An archaeological specialist plans, undertakes and leads archaeological research and investigations, which may include surveys, excavations, post-excavation analysis and scientific analysis of

Archaeological technician

Support archaeologists undertaking archaeological investigations An archaeological technician provides support to archaeologists undertaking (usually commercially funded) archaeological investigation, which may include surveys, excavations and post-excavation analysis. Those working within archaeological

Arts therapist

Use art, drama or music to carry out therapy interventions Arts therapists work in a range of settings such as the NHS, local authorities, voluntary, or private sector, hospitals, clinics,

Assistant puppet maker

Support the design, manufacture and performance of puppets As an assistant puppet maker you will support the design, manufacture and performance of puppets for theatre, film, TV, carnival, animation, applied

Assistant visual effects technical director

Provide technical assistance, troubleshoot workflow issues, and manage data and resources Visual effects describe any imagery created, altered, or enhanced for moving media. They involve the integration of live-action footage

Blacksmith

Use craft, art or skill to design, shape and join metal components by hot forging and other metal working processes As a blacksmith, you will use your craft to design,

Broadcast and media systems engineer

Ensure that content is broadcast and delivered on time and to the highest level of quality A broadcast and media systems engineer brings us our favourite TV and radio shows,

Broadcast and media systems technical operator

Support the delivery of broadcast and communication services A broadcast and media systems technical operator supports the delivery of broadcast and communication services, which could be television or radio programmes,

Broadcast and media systems technician

Ensure the reliability and integrity of broadcast and media systems Technicians will typically work for a broadcaster or media services supplier or broadcast equipment supplier/manufacturer. You will be responsible for