Step one: Write the job description

What job do you need your apprentice to do?

First of all, you need to have a clear job in mind for your apprentice to do.

In England, an apprentice is legally required to work for a minimum of 30 hours a week (including college time). In Northern Ireland, it's 21 hours. You'll need to consider this when designing the job description you'll be working from.

Apprenticeships also need to be linked to a recognised apprenticeship 'framework' in order to be accredited. Frameworks are qualifications built by experts in each industry, and our partners have developed specific specialist frameworks for the creative industries.

Once you've told us what job you need your apprentice to do, we can help match you up to the most appropriate framework.

Currently, the following frameworks are available:

Community Arts

This covers work in communities. An apprentice on this framework might be involved in planning, promoting or running participatory events, exhibitions and projects to directly engage people of any age or background.

Cultural and Heritage Venue Operations

For people who want to work within cultural, or cultural heritage, venues. It covers roles in conservation, exhibitions and visitor services as well as front of house for all venues.

Costume and Wardrobe

For apprentices working backstage in a theatre or live event setting. It provides a good basis for careers in the costume and wardrobe aspects of production.


For apprentices working in all aspects of product design. It covers both the design industry itself and in-house design teams.

Jewellery, Silversmithing and Allied Trades

For apprentices working in jewellery manufacturing, silversmithing, enamelling, engraving, gem setting and with precious metals.

Live Events and Promotion

For apprentices working on everything to do with putting on a show or event, from promoting the event to actually staging it.

Music Business

For apprentices working in the music industry. This covers promotions, management and agency-related jobs, working with a range of specialists to plan, book and promote artists or bands.

Technical Theatre

For apprentices working on lighting sound or stage in a theatre, venue or hire company.

Creative and Digital Media

Other options

There are lots of other apprenticeship pathways that aren't directly 'creative' but still applicable to our sector. These include:

Business and Administration

Customer Services

Would you like to see any more frameworks covered? There are plenty of areas still to develop. Work with us to create apprenticeships for new job roles.