Craft Sector Webinar

This webinar welcomed a number of speakers to share their knowledge and experience of how Apprenticeships can support small businesses in the craft sector.

The speakers all approached Apprenticeships from a different perspective; an employer, a business incubator, and an Apprenticeship programme developer. 

Our first speaker was Jane Field, who runs the successful craft business Jonny’s Sister. The business has 10 employees, three of which are apprentices. Jane is absolutely passionate about the potential of Apprenticeships for both the business and the apprentices. Jane talked about the professional and personal factors that informed her decision to recruit apprentices and how they have been an integral part of the business’s success. 

To follow, Imogen Gray from Cockpit Arts. Cockpit Arts is the UK’s only creative-business incubator for designer-makers. It uses a programme called the Creative Employment Programme to help a consortium of 22 studio-holders take on an apprentice or paid interns. It has helped studio holders in many ways from providing business coaching to identify skills gaps, to enabling the designer-makers to share employees across two or more of their micro-businesses, reducing the risk both financially and in HR terms. The model is extremely interesting for micro businesses and incubation spaces as it provides a case study of how businesses can potentially join forces to access Apprenticeships programmes.

Finally, we were happy to welcome Daniel Williams from Creative & Cultural Skills and Tracey Clarke from the Craft Council. They talked through how craft businesses can access Apprenticeships, and some of the aspects they should consider throughout the process.

The Webinar was facilitated by Sophie Hardwick at Apprenticemakers.

The Apprenticemaker LIVE webinars bring the Apprenticemakers community to life by encouraging the sharing of best practice, ideas and challenges between businesses interested in Apprenticeships.

Many thanks to Creative & Cultural Skills and the Crafts Council for their support in developing this webinar.

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