7th March 2018

Established in 2013, Cockpit Arts’ Creative Employment Programme is the only one of its kind in the craft sector; it is dedicated to supporting young people to take up entry-level positions in micro craft businesses as business administrators and studio assistants. Our award-winning programme is widely considered to be a pioneering initiative that helps craftspeople take on their first employees and an attractive route for young people choosing not to go to university. To date, 9 apprentices have been recruited, in addition to 13 paid graduate internship positions filled in the first few years.

A recent example of this successful endeavour is Another Studio, a craft-design studio that took on an apprentice at our Holborn centre. Owned by Aimée Furnival, Another Studio creates original products for the desk, home and workplace. Having previously taken on a graduate intern through our Employment Programme, Aimée was keen to offer another opportunity for a young person and felt that a 12-month apprenticeship position would be a role that someone could grow into over a longer period.

Hannah Marker, who hails from Essex, joined Another Studio as a Studio Assistant Apprentice in May 2017. Before working for Another Studio, Hannah had a variety of jobs from working in a cafe to selling insurance. Hannah spends her spare time volunteering with the Scouts; she is due to complete her Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in April and has recently become both an Archery and nationally qualified Air Rifle instructor.

Hannah chose an apprenticeship in a craft business because she has an interest in making and, when she saw the role being advertised through Westminster Kingsway College, felt that it was the perfect opportunity to see behind the scenes of a craft business. This role offered Hannah the opportunity to join a small, dynamic team and to become a key player in the day to day running of small design studio.

My favourite part of my apprenticeship is getting to be part of a business that is very friendly and that has a great ethos.”

Hannah is now responsible for dealing with clients and wholesalers; helping to make sure that the business runs smoothly and solving any customer-facing issues. Since starting at Another Studio, she has learnt a variety of skills, including how to how to reconcile bank statements, handle customer enquiries, and provide excellent customer service. Hannah is proud of how much responsibility she has been given in such a short amount of time and enjoys supporting Aimée during exhibitions, Open Studios and trade shows.

“Helping at my first trade show was a big achievement as I have never done something like that before. It was great to be trusted to help promote the company and I knew more than I thought. I have more confidence now and am looking forward to developing within the organisation.”

Hannah has been a fantastic support to Another Studio and Aimee is fully committed to creating job opportunities in the Creative Industries. “I’m thrilled to give someone the opportunity to do a paid Apprenticeship with us. Hannah has achieved so much in such a short time and is a great asset to our small team. The help from Cockpit Arts to implement this has been brilliant.”