Matt Wolliscraft, promoter

As a promoter, Matt plans out the route a music tour will take. The moment when the band finally takes the stage is his favourite part.


Sarah Holden, graphic design assistant

After graduating with a degree in illustration, Sarah Holden decided to focus more on design. She now works as a graphic design assistant and also a print maker, putting on collaborative exhibitions. She explained her role and how to get into design.


Simone Gayle, community arts apprentice

What does a community arts apprentice do? We heard from apprentices employed through the Creative Employment Programme, starting with Simone Gayle from The Albany in London.


Tim Porter, creative producer intern

Tim had a wealth of experience as a director, writer and editor before he took on the role of creative producer intern at Project Phakama. He talks about getting trained up in backstage arts and offers advice for people who want to work their way into an arts career.


A career as a boat builder

Alan Staley has dedicated his working life to building and repairing boats. He talks about taking the helm of his own business, Alan Staley Boatbuilders, and reflects on the impact of winning a Craft Skills Award.


“I wake up in the morning wanting to go to work and I know that so many people my age are not enjoying what they do.

Working in creative internships and apprenticeships

DanceEast, based at the Jerwood DanceHouse in Ipswich, is part of the Suffolk County Council Creative Employment Programme consortium. We met up with two apprentices and a marketing officer – who started as a paid intern – to talk about their experiences in the workplace so far.


Alex Whelan, museum project officer

Alex Whelan works as a project officer for Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. He talked to us about what this heritage career involves, and why doing a paid internship was such a crucial step in helping him into the cultural sector.


Scott Treeby, live events apprentice

Scott Treeby discusses being a live events apprentice at Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council.


Caroline Gill, Head of Content

Caroline Gill is the Head of Content at Search Laboratory. She worked her way up to her current position after she decided to take an entry level position in financial services rather than go to university.


Lindon Barr, dancer & choreographer

Lindon has been a dancer for artists such as Mariah Carey and Take That. He now works as the Head of Theatre School where he trained. Lindon explains more about his role and offers 3 tips for becoming a dancer.


Mark Collins, musical director

Mark is a freelance musical director, with both TV and stage credits on his CV. He is also a musical arranger, composer, and vocal coach.


James Parrott, Digital Marketing Apprentice

James is a Digital Marketing Apprentice at RentalCars.com, a role he found through the Juice Academy in Manchester. He spoke to Creative Choices about his experience and why he's proud to be an apprentice.


Graham Coatman, musical director

Graham Coatman works as a composer, musical director and pianist. He also lectures and is artistic director of a music festival.


Karlin Anderson, designer and teacher

After a week of work experience, Karlin Anderson was sure she wanted to work with jewellery. She now runs her own designer brand.


Lee believes apprenticeships are a great way for  young people to break into the jewellery industry.

Lee Lucas, Principal of Holts Academy (Now British Academy of Jewellery)

Lee ran the Academy in London and is in charge of all the courses it runs.


Bernard Horrocks works with different types of Intellectual Property and applies this to the creative work at the National Portrait Gallery.

Bernard Horrocks, IP Manager

Bernard manages the broad field of Intellectual Property at the National Portrait Gallery. He shares the importance of protecting the collections and his advice on entering in this career.


Jayne Lewis, creative director

Jayne Lewis is creative director for the award winning Unanima Theatre. She is also a teacher and playwright.


Adam Cooper, Marketing Assistant

Adam Cooper, Marketing Assistant for Tees Valley Music Service, started off as a Digital Apprentice. He talks about why he knew an apprenticeship was the right path for him and how it led to him being offered a full-time role.


Sarah Stephenson, youth theatre director

Sarah Stephenson is Nottingham Playhouse's Youth Theatre Director. Her work involves running workshops and finding ways to engage students with theatre.


Amy Wale, education officer

Amy Wale is education officer at the YMCA's Y Theatre in Leicester. After moving into acting, she now creates performing arts opportunities for children and young people.


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