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Creative Industry Commits to 500 New Apprenticeships This Year

March 09 2018  ·  4 min read

  • We've launched 80 job opportunities for National Apprenticeship Week (Monday 5th-Friday 9th March)
  • 50 new opportunities will be available every month throughout 2018, and we're already showing diverse representation: 49% from BAME background and an even gender split
  • The announcement coincides with new research from digital apprenticeship provider Arch Apprentices who power the Creative Pioneers2 programme, celebrating career progression in the sector
  • Tonight, our 2017 apprentices will graduate in central London with guests including  Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

As the go-to apprenticeship programme for the creative industries, we have pledged to create 500 new apprenticeships throughout the next year.

To coincide with National Apprenticeship Week, 80 brand new jobs have already been made available, with a plan to offer a further 50 every single month.

To further cement our support for apprenticeships, this week we have an ambition for 5% of all industry employees to be apprentices within the next three years. We also hope to reach 1,500 apprenticeship jobs each year in a similar timeframe.

Run by the Institute of Advertising Practitioners (IPA) and powered by Arch Apprentices, the Creative Pioneers2 programme also represents a diverse cross-section of modern Britain. Just under half (49%) of those currently active within our programme come from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background with a near even split in gender too; 49% female, 51% male. 98% of all apprentices have successful employment destinations after the programme.

The creative sector offers significant career growth potential for talented apprentices. In fact, new research amongst senior business professionals in the advertising and PR industry showed that the average age of a board member is just 37, with senior managers typically as young as 31. With such opportunities available at a young age, it’s no surprise the programme has already been so popular.

This week, Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will be rewarding our graduates at an awards ceremony at the IPA.

If you would like to take on your own Creative Pioneer apprentices, fill out our short form. 

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