Scotland has an abundance of live music events, cultural venues and thriving festivals. Study a creative and cultural apprenticeship and help show the country at its best. Work in our theatres, museums, community centres, galleries or world-renowned events, like Celtic Connections and the Edinburgh Fringe. 

The creative sector is one of the most diverse in the world. With this apprenticeship, you’ll develop the skills to help you thrive in the industry. You’ll learn how to create costumes for a theatre production and manage the lighting in a music studio. Improve your knowledge of live venues and discover what it means to work with the latest digital technology. Help with community regeneration through arts, sports or education projects and bring a variety of people together.  

The skills you’ll learn can be transferred to other industries. If you’re interested in art, you could work in a gallery and share your passion with like-minded people. If you like the theatre then you could pursue a career in costume and makeup design.  

What's the qualification?

You’ll gain a qualification at SCQF level 6 in 

  • Cultural Venue Operations

or you'll gain a qualification at SCQF level 7 in either

  • Technical Theatre & Production Operations
  • Museums & Galleries Practice

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

During your apprenticeship, you'll learn how to:   

  • Work with theatre equipment 
  • Manage cultural art projects 
  • Develop strong working bonds 
  • Carry out best safety practices 
  • Promote music venues and events  

You’ll also develop he following core skills:   

  • Communication 
  • Working with others 
  • Problem-solving 
  • Time management   

These transferrable skills are useful for working in other jobs such as fundraising and youth work.

Where could it take me?

This Modern Apprenticeship gives you plenty of optionsCarry on your studies with a higher art qualification or choose to get a job in the creative industry.  

Further education: You could continue your education and study for HNC or HND in a creative subject. You could go on to study for a specialised course such as sound or lighting. Go on to university and study for a BA in cultural art. Your experience will support your application.   

Straight to work: Use your qualifications to find a creative job. Some are listed below:  

  • Theatre operative 
  • Costume designer 
  • Makeup designer  
  • Youth worker 
  • Gallery assistant  
  • Cultural project manager  
  • Lighting engineer  
  • Art charity fundraiser  
  • Community manager  

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this apprenticeship.  


This Modern Apprenticeship will take 12-24 months to complete.  

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