Making Apprenticeships Work at the National Festival of Making

 26 June 2019

The National Festival of Making is a unique celebration of UK making, from the factory floor to the kitchen table. Taking place over two festival days, with long term projects running throughout the year, the National Festival of Making takes over the streets of Blackburn.

Sandra Dartnell spoke about 'Making Apprenticeships Work' at the Festival of Making in Blackburn on 14 June. Photo Credit: Alex De Palma for Creative Lancashire
Sandra Dartnell spoke about 'Making Apprenticeships Work' at the Festival of Making in Blackburn on 14 June. Photo Credit: Alex De Palma for Creative Lancashire

The festival brings together artists, designers, manufacturers, small-scale makers and the public, to explore their own making potential.

On Friday 14 June, Partnership Manager North West Sandra Dartnell delivered a breakout session for employers called ‘Making Apprenticeships Work’ alongside National Skills Academy Leadership College Blackburn College and in association with Creative Lancashire at the National Festival of Making. 

The session took place at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery and an apprentice from Visitor Services at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery was available to answer questions along with their training provider Blackburn College and Creative & Cultural Skills. 

Sandra's feature article on ‘Workforce Perceptions’ has been included in the Creative Lancashire Festival of Making Talks publication.

The piece explores the importance of making creative job roles visible to job seekers and breaking down the myths around the creative industries. She says “Organisations cannot expect to recruit for the roles they don’t tell people about, or find skillsets that they do not attempt to define. Employers need to make the roles visible.”

Read the article on page 19 of the publication: Creative Lancashire Festival of Making Talks.

Take a look at our resources to help you run great apprenticeships.

Sandra can be contacted to discuss workforce skills and diversity in the North West.


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