Scotland is home to lots of cultural venues – with more than 400 museums and galleries. There is also a thriving, inventive performing arts and festival scene.

Do a creative and cultural apprenticeship and help show the country at its best. You could work in our museums, galleries or theatres. There are also chances to work at renowned events like Celtic Connections and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The creative sector is one of the world’s most diverse industries. With a creative and cultural apprenticeship, you can build a career in this exciting area.

For example, you may learn how to manage visitor attractions. This will see you take care of priceless objects and deliver visitor experiences. You could also build skills in facilitating cultural events, customer service and fundraising. There are opportunities to learn technical skills, like operating theatre lighting and sound.

The best part is that you can transfer every skill you develop to other sectors and industries. If you’re passionate about art, you may choose to pursue a career in museums and galleries. If you love theatre, you can specialise in lighting, sound and digital technologies.  

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 heritage venues and projects
  • Work with historic collections
  • Develop strong working bonds
  • Carry out best practice in safety
  • Promote music venues and events

You’ll also develop these core skills:

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

Where could it take me?

A Creative and Cultural Modern Apprenticeship gives you plenty of options. You can either continue to study or apply for a job within the industries.

Further education: You could progress to a HNC or HND in a creative subject. There are specialist courses in areas like sound or lighting. University is an option – with BA courses available in creative and cultural subjects.

Straight to work: Your Modern Apprenticeship can help you get a job. Here are some examples:

  • Theatre operative
  • Lighting and/or sound engineer
  • Cultural youth worker
  • Gallery supervisor
  • Curatorial assistant
  • Learning officer
  • Cultural project manager
  • 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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