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:

Visual effects apprenticeships

Visual effects (VFX) is the term used to describe any imagery created, altered, or enhanced for moving media. This involves

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Papermaker apprentice

Papermakers work in a wide range of manufacturing organisations where many different types of papers and board are produced for

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Live event rigger apprenticeship

Live event riggers ensure that the infrastructure for the scenic, lighting, sound and audiovisual elements of a live event are

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Advertising and marketing communications apprenticeship

Advertising is a form of communication intended to persuade an audience (viewers, readers or listeners) to take some action, usually

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Blacksmithing apprenticeship

Blacksmiths create metal objects by heating wrought iron or steel until it can be shaped and, if necessary, joined to

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Broadcast production assistant apprenticeship

A broadcast production assistant provides support and assistance to editorial or technical colleagues to ensure the smooth delivery of content

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Costume and wardrobe apprenticeship

The Costume and Wardrobe apprenticeship provides a basis for a career in the costume and wardrobe aspects of theatre production.

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Craft and technical roles in film and TV

The UK craft and technical departments are recognised internationally for their expertise, professionalism, flexibility and commitment to the creative and

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Creative craft practitioner apprenticeship

A creative craft practitioner apprenticeship will help you learn a range of skills, techniques, materials, tools and equipment to design

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Cultural and heritage apprenticeship

The cultural and heritage apprenticeship spans museums, galleries, built heritage, conservation, heritage landscape and archeology. The sector collects and preserves the past,

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Design apprenticeship

The Design apprenticeship covers all the main design areas, from graphics to product design. The UK design industry is young,

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Digital learning design apprenticeship

Digital learning, or e-learning as it is also called, is a booming industry, with more and more businesses opting to

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Digital learning design Higher Apprenticeship

The Higher Apprenticeship in Digital Learning Design provides the first dedicated training route for those working in more senior roles

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Interactive design and development apprenticeship

The creative and digital media industries are constantly changing and evolving. Digital technology is re-shaping the landscape and demanding new,

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Jewellery, silversmithing and allied trades apprenticeship

If you have a keen interest in working in the jewellery industry, an interest in the engineering, making, producing and

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Live events and promotion apprenticeship

The live events and promotion apprenticeship covers everything to do with putting on a show or event – from promoting the event

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Journalism apprenticeship

Journalists bring you the news from your street, community, town or city, and from around the world. They keep you

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Photo imaging apprenticeship

The photo imaging sector requires a workforce with a wide-ranging skill set, combining technical proficiency with creativity, visual awareness and

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Technical theatre apprenticeship

Technical theatre plays a vital role in creating the right ambiance for audiences to enjoy theatrical performances. Sound, lighting and

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