Find your platform with an apprenticeship

Creative, media and the arts covers everything from film to fashion, music to computer 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. 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 visual effects or photography-related roles or help rig the lighting for a playhouse. If you like working with your hands, then consider the signmaking 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 also a strong administrative side to this industry, so you could find yourself helping to promote a live event, or organising member information for a theatre. You could even take on a more socially engaged role by working for a community arts programme.

There are 22 apprenticeships in this sector. New for 2018 is the publishing assistant apprenticeship, which will train you in the provision of 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.

Interests and skills

Consider a career in creative, media and the arts if you are creative and passionate, even in the face of criticism. Jobs can be highly demanding and very technical, but the rewards are many.

School subjects

The school subjects that may prepare you for an apprenticeship in creative, media and the arts include:

  • Art
  • English
  • DT
  • Music
Further reading

To find out more about apprenticeships in creative, media and the arts, visit: gov.uk/education/apprenticeships-traineeships-and-internships