Creative Industries - Apprenticeships Sector in the Spotlight

Posted: 16th of October 2013 by Craig
A new film has been launched by the National Apprenticeship Service to encourage more young people to take up an Apprenticeship in the creative sector.

The film features four young people working in different creative industries who share their stories about how an Apprenticeship set them on their way to a future career in the creative sector.

The four rising stars from BBC 1's The One Show, digital media agency Twofour, photography company Seven Spring Studios, and creative industry training provider Diversity in Visual Arts, also talk about the varied job roles and opportunities available.

Luke Boatright, 21, formerly an advanced apprentice in Creative and Digital Media at the BBC, and now a junior art director for BBC 1's The One Show, who features in the film said:
"My Apprenticeship gave me experience, one of the best qualifications possible in the TV industry, as well as the opportunity to build a network of contacts. The experience has proved invaluable. The creative industry is incredibly broad in terms of the type of job you could end up doing so an Apprenticeship is a great way to explore what's on offer. I would definitely encourage more young people to think about doing an Apprenticeship."

The other stars of the film are:
• Selene Shaw, 20, is a marketing assistant and advanced apprentice in creative and digital media at Diversity in Visual Arts in London
• Rich Thompson, 21, is a junior assistant producer and formerly an advanced apprentice in creative and digital media at digital media agency Twofour Digital Ltd in Plymouth
• Lydia Cobb, 19, is a studio assistant and advanced apprentice in photo-imaging at Seven Springs Studios in Dorchester

Dinah Caine, CEO from Creative Skillset, said: "Providing opportunities for young people from a range of backgrounds to enter the creative industries is vital to keeping the sector vibrant and fresh. Apprenticeships offer young people the opportunity to build skills, experience and contacts in this competitive and fast-paced sector. They give employers access to a diverse talent pool and the opportunity to train the next generation with the skills needed to help the UK creative industries maintain their excellent standing around the world."

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