Cockpit's apprenticeship scheme gives young people skills to obtain work in a craft business.

Our Creative Employment Programme is the only one of its kind in the craft sector that gives young people transferable skills to obtain work in any small and medium-sized creative enterprise. Established in 2013, it is widely considered to be a pioneering initiative that helps craftspeople take on their first employees and an attractive route for young people aged 16 – 24.

About the programme

Cockpit Arts provides support to craft employers at a stage when they are ready to grow and develop their businesses and take on employees. By offering the Apprenticeships, Cockpit Arts aims to reduce the barriers to employment and create more opportunities in the craft sector over the long term.

Cockpit Arts’ Creative Employment Programme (CEP) initially supported 18 businesses for 12 paid internships and 3 Apprenticeships across our London Studios. Find out more about our initial programme from CCSkills case study >>

Since March 2016 we have supported 6 businesses to take on a further 7 Apprenticeships. These positions are 12 months long and the employees have been undertaking a Level 2 or Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship with Westminster Kingsway College.

This programme is currently being supported by Sir William Boreman’s Foundation and has previously been supported by The Drapers’ Charitable Fund, The Ashley Family Foundation and Creative & Cultural Skills.

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