Mohammed Rahman, community arts management apprentice

 18 September 2012

Mo completed a community arts management apprenticeship at the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural.

"It was a bonus to find such an interesting arts organisation after a number of interviews that hadn’t amounted to anything."

Working at the Skills Academy

Mo began his apprenticeship at the Skills Academy, working on the Business & Administration framework.

His responsibilities included

  • attending and assisting at industry events
  • supporting teams right across the organisation
  • assisting with the day to day running of the company.

Getting onto the apprenticeship

When he first got into the world of apprenticeships, Mo had been on Job Seekers' Allowance for over six months.

He came to the Skills Academy through the Future Jobs Fund (FJF) on a six month placement.

When he first got into the world of apprenticeships, Mo had been on Job Seekers' Allowance for over six months.

"I was determined to find paid work, so it was a bonus to find such an interesting arts organisation after a number of interviews that hadn’t amounted to anything," he said.

At the end of the placement, Mo converted to a full apprenticeship, and he now works full-time as a permanent Events Officer. 

Starting work at the Skills Academy

"I wanted to become an apprentice because I wanted to learn new skills and also gain extra qualifications at the same time," Mo says. 

"An apprenticeship also teaches you everything – from the basic everyday skills right to the more specialist stuff at the top.

"I saw this opportunity as a stepping stone to gain work experience and learn the skills I needed to get back into the working world. 

"I saw this opportunity as a stepping stone to gain work experience and get back into the working world"

"The good thing is I’ll never forget my basic skills as that’s where everything starts: you just build it up from there!"

After completing Business & Administration Level 2, Mo moved onto a creative apprenticeship in Community Arts Management level 3.

Learning new skills

"I’ve enjoyed the practical work I do for my apprenticeship – attending industry events and getting involved with a variety of areas of work in different teams.

"It’s all been very interesting, and has taught me new ways of working, so I can be more efficient. It also keeps me active in my role at the organisation.

"I have benefited a lot from this: my organisational skills have improved and the quality of my work is much better."

Views on apprenticeships

"Since starting the apprenticeship, I've learnt lots of things that the average person at work might not know or be aware of. 

"My day release at City of Westminster College is interesting: we learn the theory side of work (i.e. laws around employment, equality and diversity).

"I think apprenticeships are great because you get to work and also study at the same time. That’s basically getting the best of both worlds.

"Apprenticeships are basically the best of both worlds - working and studying at the same time"

"It’s also a good way of gaining experience at work. You might choose to go to university after completing your apprenticeship and then go back into work.

"Instead of joining the job market without any experience, you go in there with an advantage.

"You have the experience and extra qualification, plus the knowledge you have gained."

Apprenticeships as stepping stones into work

"An apprenticeship opens many doors for people.

"If you're unemployed, like I was, and looking for a job, an apprenticeship would really benefit you. It can help get you out of that jobless loop and back into study and work at the same time.

"Of course some people might not like going to college one day a week, but it’s not that bad to be honest!

"And it’s a good way to interact with other people in your class who are also doing apprenticeships.

"Really, as I always tell myself: the best way to learn is to learn from others.


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