Review of creative apprenticeships

Go Higher West Yorkshire (GHWY) has partnered with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to review recent and forthcoming changes to apprenticeship models, designed to benefit the creative sector.   

Historically, the sector has struggled to benefit from the apprenticeship route due to the prevalence of short term and freelance roles among other challenges. We invited Screen Skills and Creative and Cultural Skills to speak to HE providers about the work they have undertaken to enhance standards, lobby for delivery model changes, and update on sector demand and achieved benefits. 

Representatives from nine HE providers from West and North Yorkshire attended a roundtable discussion to consider creative sector apprenticeship opportunities. This included ‘front loaded’ apprenticeships starting with a condensed period of study; changes to the guidance on prior learning; the launch of the new flexi job model enabling an apprentice to work across multiple employers; and Department of Education plans to explore modular/portable apprenticeships. 

In addition the event highlighted skills needs across non-creative roles, particularly project management; operational management; and digital marketing. This presents the opportunity to contextualise existing programmes to serve the needs of the sector. 

For further information on the event please contact Susan Darlington, GHWY Partnership Assistant