March 2016

Looking for a creative employee? Think creative apprenticeships!

More and more employers are welcoming apprentices into their businesses, creating more opportunities than ever for young people to get inside some of the most exciting and innovative companies in the country. Since 2010, there have been over two million apprenticeship starts in England with apprenticeships available in over 170 industries including aerospace, fashion, broadcast media and finance. Apprentices aren’t just about people hours – they are an opportunity to develop a company. Locally, there are growing opportunities for employers and young people across Hampshire, and Hampshire’s cultural and creative sectors are feeling the real benefit of creative apprenticeships. Since 2012 Artswork has worked with creative and cultural industry employers, the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire, Creative Network South and the Sector Skills Council, Creative and Cultural Skills, to create 50 new jobs. Jane Bryant, CEO of Artswork, says: “With an apprenticeship, young people grow from school-leavers to employees – gaining a range of transferable skills and new-found confidence. Employers enjoy fresh, driven and developing stay; adding a new employee to their workforce creates a new sense of dynamism and energy. They gain useful insight and new ideas, as well as connectivity with a younger generation.” Hampshire companies who have benefited from a creative apprentice include the Nuffield Theatre, the D-Day Museum Portsmouth, Portsmouth Guildhall, and Mayflower Theatre. But it’s not just arts venues that can benefit; businesses with a creative process such as design, marketing, media, architecture or film production have felt the benefit. The potential is there for most businesses engaging in creative processes to benefit from a creative apprentice – but also for any business to consider how an apprentice might enhance their workforce. If you are interested in a creative apprentice email info@artswork.org.uk or call 023 8033 2491.