Apprentice Training Provider

At Creative & Cultural Skills, we deliver high-quality, industry-led training that genuinely responds to the needs of the sector.

Why use Creative & Cultural Skills as a Training Provider?

Creative & Cultural Skills introduced the Creative Apprenticeship frameworks to the sector in 2009 which is why we’re best placed to deliver them.

We currently offer Level 2 and Level 3 apprenticeships for the following occupations:

  • Community Arts
  • Cultural Venue Operations
  • Live Events and Promotion
  • Technical Theatre (Stage, Lighting & Sound)

The role of the Training Provider

There are a number of things we are required to deliver as a registered Training Provider:

  • A mandatory health and safety assessment of the employer’s workplace to check that the environment is suitably placed to accommodate an apprentice.
  • Work with the employer and apprentice to select the most suitable modules of study to fulfil the competency and knowledge based qualifications. We will try and identify modules that best align with the job the apprentice will be doing.
  • Identify and assess all evidence gathered and submitted by the apprentice that demonstrates their ability to work competently to the standards outlined by the framework
  • Deliver high-quality training for the knowledge-based qualification and functional skills (where applicable)
  • Facilitate any tests associated with the functional skills qualifications
  • Register each apprentice for the apprenticeship qualification

In addition to this we also offer support with the following:

  • Job descriptions. Writing a job description geared towards those who may have limited work experience can be difficult, so we can help employers set the tone and use language that genuinely reflects the developmental nature of an apprenticeship.
  • Scheme of work. We will always share the apprentice’s annual scheme of work with their employer so they know when specific subject areas are being covered. This sometimes helps an employer tailor work for their apprentice.

Before using our Training Provider

Employers should only offer apprenticeship opportunities if they:

  • Employ somebody aged 16 or over who has completed their schooling
  • Put in place a formal contract of employment, with the same standard terms and conditions as other employees
  • Are paying the apprentice in line with National Minimum Wage rules
  • Contract the apprentice to work at least 30 hours a week, including time spent undertaking formal training and for a minimum duration of 12 months (a year and a day) 
  • Are confident the individual will be equipped (as a result of the apprenticeship) with the new skills and learning they need to do the job you’re employing them to do, and support future employment and progression.  This is why we ask to see the Job Description for the apprenticeship prior to recruitment.

Apprenticeship positions should not be given to those already skilled and/or experienced at doing the job the apprenticeship is geared towards.  

Apprenticeship positions can be given to graduates, but in most cases this will require the employer to cover the full cost of training, which can be thousands of pounds.

Creative & Cultural Skills has the right to withdraw from any apprenticeship that does not fulfil one or more of the above.


Creative & Cultural Skills believes that protecting and ensuring the safety of children, young people and vulnerable adults is the responsibility of all staff.  We recognise that as a company we have a moral and legal obligation to contribute to their safety and wellbeing.

All relevant staff receive safeguarding training, and are required to read and follow the policy below, as well as section one of Keeping Children Safe in Education.

Admissions and Fees policies

Our training provider polices on Admissions and Fees may be viewed at the following link.

Contact us

Our apprenticeship training team is available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. You can call us any time between these hours on 020 3668 5753.

Alternatively, you can email us at [email protected]. We will aim to respond to your email within 48 hours.