© Cockpit Arts
18 January 2017
by Monique Ricketts
Cockpit Arts has launched a new and unique Apprenticeship Programme for the craft industry and is seeking young people to take up new positions as studio assistants.
The programme is the only one of its kind in the craft sector that gives young people transferrable skills to obtain work in any small and medium-sized creative enterprise. Piloted over the past few years, it is widely considered to be a pioneering initiative that helps craftspeople take on their first employees and offers an attractive employment route for young people choosing not to go to university.
The new Apprenticeships are a timely response to a recent study by the Crafts Council (Studying Craft 16 Findings: Apprenticeships). This highlighted that Apprenticeships offer flexible entry into craft careers but are a route for which the micro-businesses typical of the craft sector may need more support before they can contribute effectively.
Who can apply
Whoever you are, whatever your background – if you are looking to work in craft and design - an Apprenticeship in a craft business is a great place to start.
An Apprenticeship gives hands-on experience, a salary and the opportunity to gain qualifications while you work. All of this with the opportunity to work for and with craftspeople, in roles that support different parts of the day-to-day running of a creative business.