Animation, visual effects, fashion and textiles, research, photography, publishing, coding, gaming, graphic design, copywriting and advertising are just some of the career choices on offer with a Creative Industries apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are increasingly chosen by many young people looking for a rewarding career – with Creative Skillset apprenticeships being one of the fastest growing apprenticeship routes. An apprenticeship in the Creative Industries – which include TV, film, radio, digital media, advertising and fashion – gives people the chance to earn while they learn, and they also gain invaluable industry experience and an extensive network of contacts.

Pria Quinlan is a creative media apprentice at Channel 4/E4. She’s in a role that has not only boosted her career but also her confidence. “Before I started my apprenticeship, I would never have seen myself with such a big responsibility,” said Pria. “I get the chance to put my learning into practice. I’ve had meetings with some really important people at Channel 4 – and they really listen to what I have to say.”

Apprentices get the opportunity to learn through on-the-job training and work-related experience – and employers get job-ready, enthusiastic new talent.

Over the last five years, apprenticeships have changed the learning landscape. Pria points out that previously it was always university graduates who returned to her school to give careers guidance. “Now they invite back people who have done apprenticeships,” said Pria. And while most apprenticeships are taken up by young people direct from school or college, higher level degree apprenticeships are proving an attractive route into work for graduates.

“Apprenticeships offer a practical route into work for many of those keen to join our industries,” said Seetha Kumar, CEO at Creative Skillset. “Apprentices get the opportunity to learn through on-the-job training and work-related experience – and employers get job-ready, enthusiastic new talent.”

With so many choices, it can be challenging to find the right apprenticeship path – which is why Creative Skillset designed Hiive, the go to destination for those interested in apprenticeships as well as employers looking for apprentices. Hiive is a professional network connecting creative people – and, best of all, it’s free.