Creative Sector Grants

Funded Apprenticeships for the Creative and Cultural Sector!

The Creative Employment Programme is a £15m fund to support the creative  job opportunities in England for young unemployed people aged 16-24 wishing to pursue a career in the arts and cultural sector. Apprentices for Business and the London Apprenticeship Company have successfully accessed £100,000 to support the creation of 50 new Apprenticeships. Creative & Cultural Skills is the National Skills Academy for the Creative Employment Programme.  The project will provide part wage grants to employers, both commercial and subsidised or charitable, that fall within the following footprint: 
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Literature
  • Visual arts
  • Contemporary craft
  • Combined arts
  • Galleries
  • Circus
  • Carnival arts
  • Museums
  • Libraries

The Creative Employment Project Grant can be further supplemented with Grant support from the National Apprenticeship Service. In total up to £3,500 may be available to help you towards your total employments costs.

This is how it works:

  • You want to help a young person get a job
  • You need a new member of staff
  • Apprentices for Business works with you to figure out what your Apprentices job description should be
  • We market your job vacancy for you 
  • We shortlist candidates for you 
  • We arrange for you to interview and choose who to employ
  • We employ the Apprentice for you on our own payroll 
  • We invoice you fortnightly in arrears (you only pay for when your Apprentice is at work)
  • We offset the costs to you by up to £3,500 (see table below)
  • We liaise with our partner training organisations for your apprentice to receive the best training to improve their job skills and knowledge

It’s a really great time to employ an Apprentice and the funding available through this project substantially reduces the costs. At this stage all we are asking you to do is to complete an Expression of Interest form. Once we have received your Expression of Interest we will get straight back to you to discuss your options in more detail.