13th January 2017

The only Apprenticeships of this kind being offered in the craft sector

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.

Cockpit Arts is unique in that it provides support to craft employers at a stage when they are ready to grow and develop their businesses and take on employees. Apprentices gain insights into how small creative businesses are run, have close interaction with the makers and earn a wage while they learn.

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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.

Are you eligible?
Our Apprenticeships are for 16 – 24 year olds who have not gone to university.

For more information, visit our website or please email [email protected]

More about the programme …

The new Apprenticeship Programme forms part of Cockpit Arts’ Creative Employment Programme (CEP), launched in 2013 with funding from CC Skills. To date, Cockpit Arts has directly supported 18 businesses to employ 12 paid internships and 3 Apprenticeships across our London Studios.

In March 2016, 2 businesses were assisted to take on a further 3 Apprenticeships. These positions were 12 months long and the employees undertook a Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship with Westminster Kingsway College.

We have now received support to fund new Apprenticeship positions, which we are currently recruiting for.

By offering Apprenticeships, Cockpit Arts aims to reduce the barriers to employment and create more opportunities in the craft sector over the long term.

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