Apprentices steal the show at Creative and Cultural Skills Annual Conference

Last week saw National Apprenticeship Week take centre stage – a celebration of apprentices, apprenticeships and the employers that offer them.

As part of the week, two Creative Employment Programme apprentices took a leading role in Creative and Cultural Skills’ Annual Conference on Thursday. The Creative Society and the THIS IS IT! team set up stall for the say, and the two apprentices played a vital role in talking to employers, employees and conference attendees about the programme. Tamykha Patterson (pictured on the right, below) said about her day at the conference:

Amie Salmon and Tamykha Patterson at The Creative Society stand

Amie Salmon and Tamykha Patterson at The Creative Society stand

“Attending the CCSkills Annual Conference was an amazing experience. The Backstage Centre was filled energy, drive, ambition and positivity from college representatives, industry professionals and most importantly .. apprentices! It was a breath of fresh air to listen to the speakers and see their passion towards apprenticeships, paid internships and traineeships. On the day, designer Wayne Hemingway said “do something that makes you happy” and that’s exactly what I am doing in my role as Technical Theatre Apprentice. I was very proud and honoured  to be represent The Creative Society and the Ambassadors Theatre Group on the day.”

A number of high profile speakers gave their thoughts on the role of the arts in tackling youth unemployment, including culture minister Ed Vaizey. The Creative and Cultural Skills’ report “Building a Creative Nation: Evidence Review” was presented on the topic – read The Stage’s article about it here, and keep an eye on the Creative and Cultural Skills’ website for more.

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