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This Modern Apprenticeship gives employees in the creative and cultural industries a solid grounding in the skills required for the sector. This includes creative, technical, digital technology, business/professional and sales and marketing. Employees could work across community arts, venue operations, live events and promotions, music business, theatre costume and wardrobe or technical theatre operations.

The qualification

SCQF level 6

Your employee will study for a qualification at SCQF level 6 in one of:

  • Diploma in Community Arts Management
  • Diploma in Cultural Venue Operations
  • Diploma in Music Business
  • Diploma in Theatre Operations: Costume and Wardrobe
  • Diploma in Technical Theatre Operations
Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this apprenticeship.

Progression and development

After completing the apprenticeship, employees could work or train in more specialist areas. They could progress to:

  • Higher level creative and cultural qualifications in management
  • HNCs/HNDs in a creative or cultural subject
  • BA Honours degrees in creative or cultural subjects
  • In-house development programmes and CPD
  • A more specialised course, such as lighting or sound

SCQF qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

How is it funded?

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

Use our Modern Apprenticeship Contribution Table to work out the funding level for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet the needs of your business.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employers to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It will take between 12-24 months to complete.

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Sound right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

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