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Creative Apprenticeships

Sage Gateshead is the regional training provider for Creative Apprenticeships, a new alternative route into the creative industries and a great way for employers to train up a young and diverse workforce with the right skills for the future.

Launched in September 2008, Creative Apprenticeships are the first industry designed and approved government funded apprenticeship framework for the creative and cultural sector. Working closely with creative and cultural employers and our delivery partners, Gateshead College, Sage Gateshead developed a bespoke delivery model that offers unique opportunities to both employers and apprentices. On-the-job learning is a significant component of the Creative Apprenticeship allowing young people to gain experience and employment. Employers of Creative Apprentices have access to clear structures and support to ensure positive outcomes.

Creative Apprentices are currently able to take up opportunities within community arts, cultural and heritage venue operations, live events and promotions, technical theatre (lighting, sound and rigging), at levels 2 and 3. Our team will work with employers to identify the most appropriate pathway for their needs and advertise opportunities via the National Apprenticeship Database.

Apprentices have been employed by organisations including Sage Gateshead, Centre for Life, Beamish, Jack Drum Arts, Dance City, Tyne & Wear Museums, Northern Stage, The Customs House, Live Theatre, Museum of Hartlepool and Hartlepool Maritime Experience and Seven Stories, Bowes Museum, The Centre for Children’s Books, Arts Centre Washington, Enter CIC, Apollo Arts and more.

If you’re interested in employing Creative Apprentices, contact Cath Critchley at Gateshead College or our Course Leader, Hannah Murray-Leslie for more info.

If you’re interested in becoming an Creative Apprentice visit the National Apprenticeships website.

Sage Gateshead is a member of the National Skills Academy.

This programme is part funded by the European Union through the European Social Fund and co-financed by Skills Funding Agency.