£100,000 arts apprenticeship scheme open to museums

Gwendolyn Smith, 16.04.2014
Funding for 50 places for unemployed aged 16-24
Museums and galleries in England are being encouraged to employ an apprentice following funding to create 50 new arts apprenticeship schemes.

The London Apprenticeship Company, Apprentices for Business, and Westminster City Council have accessed £100,000 of the £15m Creative Employment Programme (CEP) fund to back the schemes.

The CEP aims to create job opportunities in England for young unemployed people aged 16-24 who want to pursue a career in the arts.

Pauline Tambling, joint CEO of Creative and Cultural Skills, the national provider for the CEP, said: “We want to create a shift in our sector’s recruitment practices so we can gradually eradicate unpaid work and nurture a more diverse workforce.”

Funding from the CEP can be matched with financial support from the National Apprenticeship Service and the City Bridge Trust, providing employers with up to £5,500 of part-wage grants, depending on their eligibility.

The London Apprenticeship Company promises to manage the employment of the apprentices, including marketing job vacancies, overseeing payrolls and offering mentoring opportunities.

Maurice Davies, head of policy and communications at the Museums Association, said the scheme was "a useful way of museums getting part-funding towards the costs of an apprentice".

Links and contact

Creative Employment Project Grants

For more information call Tim Ponsford at the London Apprenticeship Company on 0203 651 474
or email Tim.Ponsford@londonapprenticeship.co.uk