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Apprenticeships in the creative industry with Creative Break
I don’t know about you but I’ve always believed apprenticeships were for school leavers who weren’t academic types and more interested in pursuing a trade. How wrong I was! There are now opportunities to find apprenticeships in a variety of sectors and with universities becoming more competitive and fees constantly increasing; I’m starting to wish I’d followed the apprenticeship route!
Creative Break is a partnership between public sector apprenticeship organisations and Greater Manchester’s creative industries, their goal is to generate vacancies in the creative sector; an industry where apprenticeships are scarce.
Sandy Lindsay, group MD of Tangerine PR, who is leading the programme, explains, “Apprentices will receive training to nationally recognised qualifications, based on assessment of progress within the workplace.” Lindsay then goes on to say, “Coupled with the work experience they gain while employed as an apprentice, Creative Break provides a superb first-step to a creative future.”
Here at Fluid, we have our very own apprentice, Danielle Fletcher, who is our junior office admin. Danielle has been with us for three months, and as well as picking up new administrative skills, she is also gaining an NVQ in business and administration. Danielle enjoys graphic design and hopes to gain experience through working in the creative sector to turn her design hobby into a career.
We’d like to know your views on apprenticeships, if opportunities like this had been around before you went to university, would you have still gone? And are any of you college leavers considering taking this route instead of university?