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This Modern Apprenticeship is the ideal training route for employees who work in contemporary, traditional or heritage crafts, as well as anyone who works in a skilled trade. It gives individuals the practical skills, work-based knowledge, and creative understanding they need to succeed in the craft industry, whether that be in a micro business or large organisation.

The qualification

SCQF level 7

Your employee will study for a qualification in Skills for Craft Businesses at SCQF level 7. They can also choose to complete a separate unit in Employment Rights and Responsibilities.

Entry requirements

Work experience in a craft-related environment would be useful, but is not essential.

Progression and development

Employees who complete this Modern Apprenticeship will have the skills to take on the following kinds of role:

  • Craft maker in glass, textiles, bookbinding, ceramics, leatherwork, metalwork, basket making or other practices that involve hand-making elements
  • Assistant maker
  • In-house artist for a gallery, museum or exhibition
  • Visual arts and exhibition assistant
  • Art handling technician
  • Designer

Individuals who want to specialise in jewellery making can progress onto the Technical Apprenticeship in Jewellery Manufacturing, Silverware Manufacturing or Jewellery Manufacturing CAD/CAM at SCQF level 8.

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.

See training contribution calculator below to determine funding contribution 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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Need a little more information or advice?

Call our advisers to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships. 

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