Creative, media & the arts

The arts world covers everything from film to fashion, music to computer gaming. Although the artists, actors, musicians and models 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.

If you’re technically savvy, 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 build sets and stages for film productions, or 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.

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.

Useful contacts:

Creative & Cultural Skills
Sector Skills Council for craft, cultural heritage, design, literature, music and visual and performing arts
www.ccskills.org.uk

Creative Skillset
Sector Skills Council for creative media
www.creativeskillset.org

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.

The following apprenticeships are available in this sector

Community arts

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Cultural & heritage venue operations

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Jewellery, silversmithing & allied trades

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Design

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Live events & promotion

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Photo imaging

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Technical theatre

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Junior journalist

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Interactive design and development

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Blacksmithing

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Digital learning design

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Broadcast production assistant

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Live event rigger

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Outside broadcast engineer

An outside broadcast engineer works on location to provide picture and sound coverage of an event. Typically this work can include live relays o...More



Papermaker

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



Visual effects apprenticeships

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