Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships

The National College Creative Industries offers specialist technical production and business support apprenticeships designed to meet the staff development needs of creative industries employers, and to give new entrants to the sector the skills and hands-on experience required to progress in their career.

There is a wide range of specialist apprenticeships for the creative industries, as well as some more generic ones that help to develop your skills in important business support areas. You can see the range of apprenticeships supported by the National College Creative Industries below. Apprenticeship programmes can be used to support employers to train and develop their existing employees, or employers can recruit an apprentice as a new entrant to the industry. To join an apprenticeship as a new entrant, you need to find an employer looking to take someone on. Find out more on our Apprenticeship vacancies page.

Listen to what NCCI apprentice, Daisy, has to say about her apprenticeship at Phoenix Arts Club:


Operations/Departmental Manager - Higher

Arts Administration

An operations/departmental manager is someone who manages teams and/or projects, and achieving operational or departmental goals and objectives, as part of the delivery of the organisations strategy. They are accountable to a more senior manager or business owner. Working in the private, public or third sector and in all sizes of organisation, specific responsibilities and job titles will vary.

Museums & Galleries Technician - Advanced

Technical Production

A Museum and Gallery Technician creates permanent and temporary exhibitions and displays, meeting strict deadlines of time and cost.  They design, manufacture and install bespoke display and interpretation solutions, which may include mounts and showcases, and may be involved in creating accurate labels for particular objects. These objects may be extremely valuable and often priceless.  

Cultural Learning & Participation Officer - Advanced

Arts Administration

Cultural Learning and Participation Officers (CLPO) plan, organise and co-ordinate artistic and cultural education workshops, schedules of activity and community engagement projects that will vary in duration. The activities that are planned, organised and co-ordinated by the CLPO, typically include teaching arts, culture and heritage subjects, creative workshops, visits, talks, performances, festivals, events and digital arts, using online content.

Team Leading - Advanced

Arts Administration

A team leader/supervisor is a first line management role, with operational/project responsibilities or responsibility for managing a team to deliver a clearly defined outcome. They provide direction, instructions and guidance to ensure the achievement of set goals. Working in the private, public or third sector and in all sizes of organisation, specific responsibilities will vary, but the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed will be the same whatever the role.

Live Event Technician - Advanced

Technical Production

Live events range from concerts, festivals and theatrical performances through to exhibitions, conferences, product launches and showcases. Live Event Technicians prepare and set-up technical equipment for such events. Ultimately specialising in sound, lighting or video, Live Event Technicians will carry out routine and one-off technical preparation and set-up of equipment for events.

Creative Venue Technician - Advanced

Technical Production

Operating under the direction and supervision of a production arts technical management team, Creative Venue Technicians (CVTs) provide technical support for the construction, rehearsal, presentation and removal of a live performance, for audience or camera. CVTs play an active role in the technical operation across a variety of established creative venues, for example, theatres, arts centres and broadcast studios.

Live Events & Promotion - Intermediate

Technical Production

Event management is a fast-paced, exciting and diverse industry ranging from weddings and music gigs to exhibitions and sporting events. Roles include booking agents assistant, event and promotion staff or venue and stage crew support.

Cultural Venue Operations - Advanced

Cultural Heritage

Cultural and Heritage Venue Operations could see you working in a local museum or theatre - you might provide customer service, organise events and exhibitions, or help maintain health and safety. Types of roles include front of house, administration support and visitor services support.

Cultural Venue Operations - Intermediate

Cultural Heritage

Cultural and Heritage Venue Operations could see you working in a local museum or theatre - you might provide customer service, organise events and exhibitions, or help maintain health and safety.

Cultural Heritage - Advanced

Cultural Heritage

On the Advanced Level cultural and heritage apprenticeship you would train as an assistant archivist, assistant exhibition organiser, or assistant museum/art gallery curator.

You will have an interest in history and the arts as well as good communication skills on which this apprenticeship will build. Some job roles may require a DBS check.

Technical Theatre: Lighting, Sound and Stage - Intermediate

Technical Production

This course will provide a work-based entry route into Technical Theatre and Performing Arts, equipping you with the vital skills needed behind the scenes. These skills will be developed in aspects of either lighting, sound or stage. It has been designed to allow learners to obtain and then demonstrate the knowledge to work within the Technical Theatre support industry. 

Event Assistant - Advanced

Technical Production

You will typically be working within a team of people in an events company or within the events department of a larger organisation. The role would usually provide support to a number of Event Planners or Project Managers by carrying out a diverse range of tasks necessary to plan, organise and deliver an event.

Community Arts - Advanced

Arts Administration

This course will give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills to work as a Community Arts Administrator responsible for assisting with the efficient running of the organisation, to ensure that the local community benefits from a range of arts programmes.  Learners will have the opportunity to cover aspects such as assisting with the recruitment of administrators, artist services, maintenance and security, customer relationships and book keeping.

Community Arts - Intermediate

Arts Administration

You will develop knowledge and skills on how to use a range of Arts programmes to benefit local communities. Learners have the opportunity to cover aspects such as helping to organise and publicise events and exhibitions, assisting with financial record keeping, customer care, dealing with touring, assisting with the management of the building and general office work including using a range of IT software.

Business Administration - Intermediate

Arts Administration

Business Administrative Apprenticeships are for people who want to work in Administrative support roles in the creative sector or people who want to improve their Administrative and Supervisory skills. Roles include Administrator/Business Support Officer, Office Junior, or Receptionist.

Customer Services Practitioner - Intermediate

Arts Administration

You will develop your Customer Services skills to deliver high quality products and services in the Creative Industries. Your core responsibility will be to provide a high-quality service to customers which will be delivered from the workplace, digitally, or through going out into the customer’s own locality. These may be one-off or routine contacts and include dealing with orders, payments, offering advice, guidance and support.

Business Administration - Advanced

Arts Administration

This apprenticeship will develop business skills usually in roles such as Administrators, office juniors and receptionists. As a Business Administrator you could be making and receiving telephone calls, helping with the organisation of meetings and events, dealing with travel requests, handling mail, record keeping and using electronic message systems and office equipment. 

Live Events and Promotion - Advanced

Technical Production

Event management is a fast-paced, exciting and diverse industry and in order to thrive you will need to be enthusiastic, energetic and very organised. From weddings and music gigs to exhibitions and sporting events. Roles include Music/Events Promotions Assistant, Event Assistants, Events officer, Production Assistant and Venue and Stage crew