Creative Apprenticeships

Have you considered how employing a creative apprentice could help your business?

 - 96% of employers who take on apprentices report benefits to their business.

 - 72% of businesses report improved productivity as a result of employing an apprentice with the average apprenticeship increasing business productivity by £214 per week.

 - Cardiff and Vale College offers a wide range of apprenticeships which may benefit your business.

Creative Apprenticeships have been written to provide training in specific areas of the creative and cultural industries and operate on a ‘roll-on, roll-off’ basis within the College.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a way for a young person (or adult learner) to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future. Hiring apprentices helps businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Apprenticeships have three core elements:

• A National Vocational Qualification
• A knowledge-based qualification
• Essential Skills Wales. These transferable skills cover Communications, Application of Number and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

An apprenticeship is a paid entry-level job with a training element. Apprentices must work with an employer for at least a year, learning how to do a real job. Apprentices must be under the age of 25 at the start of their apprenticeship.

The frameworks available in Cardiff and Vale College include Live Events and Promotions, Cultural Venue Operations, Technical Theatre and Community Arts Management.

What are the commitments from the employer?

• Pay your apprentice at least apprenticeship minimum wage.
• To support your apprentice during their training period.
• Provide appropriate work to allow the apprentice to generate work evidence for their portfolio.
• Allow attendance at college once a month (or the minimum as required by their course).
• Meet the assessor with your apprentice to discuss progress on a regular basis.

For a guide to best practice please click here.

Successful Creative Apprenticeships

The creative apprenticeships programmes, devised by the Creative and Cultural Skills Academy, are currently offered in Live Events and Promotions, Cultural Venue Operations, Technical Theatre and Community Arts. Employers who have benefited from involvement in the programmes include National Museum of Wales, Motorpoint Arena, Chapter Arts Centre, CADW, RCT Events Team and Wales Millenium Centre.

Since January 2011, employers report that their creative apprentices have been assisting in areas such as:

• Supporting event and project plans
• Developing social media marketing
• Supporting marketing initiatives
• Targeting new audiences
• Assisting with technical theatre production.

We are here to help.


If you are interested in finding out more about the apprenticeship programme and how to recruit an apprentice, please contact:

Helen Kingman on 07706 008 700 -

Pauline Bowen – Live Events, Cultural Heritage Training Co-ordinator on 07976 123803 –

Sarah Mair Hughes on 02920 444 195 -


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