Design apprenticeship

Design apprenticeship

The Design apprenticeship covers all the main design areas, from graphics to product design.

The UK design industry is young, fragmented and has a huge variety of talents. Designers are generally well qualified and their skills and creativity are valued by clients in the UK and abroad. Design can have a significant impact on business productivity, as well as addressing social and environmental issues. In recent years, designers have helped influence new areas including high-tech innovation, environmental sustainability and education and health services.

This apprenticeship covers all the main design areas, from graphics to product design. Design is a broad term, and designers can work in a range of industries including fashion, furniture, manufacturing and media. While each industry requires specific skills, all designers work to come up with a concept that both serves a purpose and looks good. It’s a challenging and creative role. Employers will be particularly interested in those who show a keen interest in working in the industry and who can show a creative flair. As well as having good communication and problem-solving skills, you will also need to show that you understand the importance of providing high standards of customer service and of working in a team.

On the Intermediate Level apprenticeship you could train as a design assistant, trainee technical illustrator, graphic design assistant or junior artworker. You would probably work as part of a team, supporting designers with the design and production of projects including leaflets, stationery, brochures, logos, packaging or other products. You may be writing briefs, producing marketing material or liaising with technical staff from other departments. You will need to be confident to bring your own ideas to the table.

Advanced Level apprentices might train as desktop publishing assistants, technical illustrators, junior product designers or assistant copywriters. Working online and offline, in print-based materials and other media, they learn to take projects from initial brief through to completion.


Intermediate (Level 2), Advanced (Level 3)

Starting salary:

Salaries vary across the sector

Job roles:

Intermediate Level – Design assistant, Trainee technical illustrator, Graphic design assistant, Junior artworker

Advanced Level – Desktop publishing assistant, Technical assistant, Junior graphic designer, Assistant copywriter

Issuing Authority:

Creative and Cultural Skills –

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