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Apprenticeships

Plymouth College of Art offers apprenticeships specifically designed for the Creative Industries. As a specialist art college we provide industry-relevant training to help you get a head start in your creative career. As an apprentice you will work full time for a company, gaining on-the-job experience which allows you to earn while you learn!

What will an apprenticeship give you?

  • 12 to 18 months employment in a Creative Industry
  • Monthly or weekly day release to Plymouth College of Art
  • A qualification relating to the skills you will gain at work
  • A qualification for the your College studies
  • Support in English, Maths and ICT
  • Knowledge of employment rights (ERR) and personal development (PLTS)

Find out more about our current apprenticeship vacancies. 

Apprenticeships are available in...

Creative & Digital Media, Design, Digital & Machine Printing, Cultural Venue Operations, Community Arts and Fashion & Textiles. 

Are you eligible?

You should be a non-graduate who is motivated, ambitious and looking to start out in a career within the Creative Industries. Training for 16 to 18 year olds is a priority and fully-funded. Training for 19 to 24 year olds is part-funded, with employers expected to make a part or full contribution.

How much will you get paid?

The employer is responsible for paying your salary. The National Minimum Wage requires all apprentices to be paid a minimum of £2.73 per hour, which rises to £3.30 per hour from 1 st October 2015.  This applies to 16 to 18 year olds and to those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. Those aged over 19 should be paid the normal National Minimum Wage for their age after their first year in training. Apprentices will work a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Finding your own apprenticeship

Many apprentices complete work experience prior to their apprenticeship and at times this can lead directly to employment as an apprentice. Work experience can be an important learning experience for you and a real insight into what an apprenticeship in your chosen job may be like.

The first step in finding your own work placement is to identify the companies that you wish to contact. Many jobs are never advertised and so making a speculative approach to a company can be a useful way of getting a foot in the door. Use the internet to research companies that may be able to offer the experience that you require. Remember to consider the distance and cost of travel as you will have to pay this out of your apprenticeship wage.

To make an approach to a company it is normal to send a CV and covering letter. The layout and content of the CV can differ but should include your name, contact details, education history and work experience. Within your covering letter you get the chance to explain to the company why they should employ you. To do this you should explain your motivation for the job, what relevant skills you have and why you are the suitable candidate. Remember to include your experience from work, education and your own time. If you are applying for a creative job then this is also a chance to include some of your own artwork such as graphic design or photographs.

To be able to complete an apprenticeship you must be employed by a company and we request that this is for a minimum of 30 hours per week. The business for which you work must allow you the time, opportunity and resource necessary to work towards the qualification.

How to apply

All current apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on the National Apprenticeship Service website. The system allows you to apply for vacancies online and to monitor the status of your application. You can also set up job alerts if there are no vacancies that currently match your interests.

Search and apply for apprenticeship vacancies online: www.apprenticeships.org.uk

If you are having any difficulties applying or have questions about an application please get in touch: 
apprenticeships@pca.ac.uk  | +44 (0)1752 203434

You can also find out more about our latest apprenticeship vacancies by taking a look at our Apprenticeships Facebook page.

What our Students Say
 

"Almost five months into my apprenticeship and it's still the best decision I've ever made, each day is a new surprise and brings a new skill to learn. Since starting here I have been working on various projects such as creating video content, setting up/designing web pages, digital design work and social media campaigns. The support and guidance that I have been given from both my mentor and manager as well as the rest of the team has allowed me to settle in quickly and for my confidence to grow and has allowed me to progress quickly. I study once a week at Plymouth College of Art, for an NVQ in Creative Media. Everything is tailored to your job role and what you require to progress. The facilities are amazing and everything you could ever need is available for you."

Emily Stephenson, Communications Team at South West Water. Read more.

Creative Skillset Tick

Plymouth College of Art offers a range of apprenticeships specifically designed for the Creative Industries. The Creative Skillset Tick is an invaluable tool for employers, highlighting courses and apprenticeships which offer the highest level of teaching facilities and the greatest industry links. Plymouth College of Art has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick for our Photo Imaging; Fashion and Textiles, and Creative Digital Media Apprenticeship programmes.

We receive funding in support of our Pre-Degree provision from the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). Through the SFA, all our Apprenticeships and some of our Adult Skills provision is part-funded by the European Social Fund.