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Our employability programmes

Providing young people with the opportunity to gain practical experience and build their skills and confidence while they learn on the job.

Working with employers in the creative and cultural sector, we deliver creative skills programmes and apprenticeships to provide young people with the opportunity to gain practical skills and experience in arts, culture and heritage organisations. Through these programmes, we aim to increase access and broaden the horizons of young people whilst diversifying our creative and cultural workforce.

We are highly experienced in delivering work-based learning jobs and placements designed to suit both employers and the young people working with them. We work hard for employers and young people to provide meaningful employment, supported by tailored learning and enhanced by an enrichment programme designed to build team skills and leadership.

Creative Apprenticeships

Our established Apprenticeship programme supports young people on a learning-based work placement. A Creative Apprenticeship is a supportive programme where young people can earn a wage while learning valuable skills and getting their foot in the door of the industry.

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Breakthrough Programme

Unlock the full potential of your workforce and contribute to the future of your industry with our exciting 6-month Breakthrough programme for young talent.

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Portsmouth Creative Skills

Our Portsmouth Creative Skills programme has run for several years and has great success. We partner with Portsmouth City Council and those who manage young people leaving care to provide a creative pre-employability programme for those at risk of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training).

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Information for employers

Are you an employer in the arts, cultural and heritage organisations? Would you like to give a young person the opportunity to experience working life in the arts? Contact to find out how an apprenticeship could work for your organisation. Or, if you'd just like to know more about including and working with young people in your workplace, check out our Professional Development courses. We offer both trainer-led and self-guided courses.

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The impact of our programmes

A had little or no confidence in herself or her abilities. With support she truly blossomed, finishing her apprenticeship, passing an ICT qualification, and appearing on BBC Radio. She is now thriving in a full time job.

Anna Brown, Apprenticeship Programme Manager
Image of Harriet smiling at the camera sat in front of an exposed brick wall background

Blogs from young people

We have many programmes for young people, and content written by them on their experiences. From blogs created by Kickstarters and Apprentices to takeover days and interviews, you'll find it all here.

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