Several years ago, no apprenticeships existed in the creative and cultural sectors in the UK. Wherever this term was used, it was usually for an informal arrangement with no educational supporting structure and often unpaid. With education and industry partners, Creative & Cultural Skills developed and tested the first creative apprenticeships framework. In 2013, the Creative Employment Programme, with the support of the Arts Lottery funding from Arts Council England, allowed for an exponential leap forward.
In its 2016 publication ‘Building a Creative Nation: Putting Skills to work – creating jobs, apprenticeships and work opportunities in the creative and cultural industries’, Creative & Cultural Skills take stock of this experience, offers an insight into the UK system, and provides tools for further development of the apprenticeships schemes in the years to come.
To know more about Creative & Cultural Skills’ apprenticeships programme: https://ccskills.org.uk/supporters/funding