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 choosing not to go to university.


To apply for current positions working as an Apprentice you must be 16 to 24 years old and a non-graduate.

An apprenticeship gives you 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.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

There are no currently no apprentice vacancies however please email or call 020 7419 1963 to receive information about future opportunities.

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 has been supported by The Drapers’ Charitable Fund, The Ashley Family Foundation and Creative & Cultural Skills.

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