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Creative & Digital Media

Not everyone can be on TV. Luckily there are plenty more ways to enjoy success. Arts, Media or Publishing. It’s a sector that employs more than 2 million people. And with an apprenticeship there’s every chance you’ll be able to make a name for yourself.

Industry Summary

Not everyone can be on TV. Luckily there are plenty more ways to enjoy success. Arts, Media or Publishing. It’s a sector that employs more than 2 million people. And with an apprenticeship there’s every chance you’ll be able to make a name for yourself.

Unleash your creative, technical or possibly even your administrative talents. There’s a range of skills required in Arts, Media and Publishing. If technology’s your thing, then studio engineering or studio recording might be for you. Or how about a future in digital design? And for those who thrive on pressure and tight deadlines, nothing beats journalism or event management. It’s fun and fulfilling. And London’s not the only place where the action is. Many large employers can be found in other big cities. There are a growing number of smaller creative businesses spread across the country that you’ll love too. Yes, making it will mean hard work and long hours. But we know that won’t stop you if you’re set on getting your big break in the industry.

With an Apprenticeship you could soon be making the headlines. Or even find yourself on the credits of the next Hollywood blockbuster. The industry recognises talent, so if you’re prepared to put in the work, the sky’s the limit.

Begin your search. Create your future.

There’s having a job, and then there’s having a job that matters. It’s hard to think of anything that doesn’t involve digital tech these days. Put simply, IT and Communications pros are in demand. And the best ones will enjoy a superfast connection to great opportunities.

Industry Summary

There’s having a job, and then there’s having a job that matters. It’s hard to think of anything that doesn’t involve digital tech these days. Put simply, IT and Communications pros are in demand. And the best ones will enjoy a superfast connection to great opportunities.

Without getting all geeky, ICT is one of the fastest growing sectors. Organisations of all shapes and sizes rely on experts to boot up, share files, and stay connected in a world that can change, well, in a flash. There’s a world of amazing opportunities to browse – from your typical 9 to 5 deskside support, to database developers and website design. Then again, maybe installing cutting edge communications systems or IT security is more your thing. Regardless of what path you choose, an Information and Communications Technology apprenticeship promises great experiences and qualifications that will let you configure your future, your way.

With an Information and Communications Technology apprenticeship, you’ll get right to work and ensure others can do the same, every day.

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Web design and development professionals

Work Description

Jobholders in this unit group design, develop and maintain websites to meet a client’s specified requirements.

Qualification

Entrants usually possess a degree or equivalent qualification, although entry with other academic qualifications and/or significant relevant experience is possible. There is a variety of relevant vocational, professional and postgraduate qualifications available.

Job Tasks

liaises with internal/external client in order to define the requirements for the website; presents design options to the client; designs web pages including graphics, animation and functionality to maximise visual effectiveness and facilitate appropriate access; develops the website and applications; designs and develops web interfaces for relational database systems; establishes methods to ensure appropriate website security and recovery; writes and publishes content for the website; tests website interaction and performance prior to going ‘live’, and monitors and maintains functionality of the website; activates the ‘live’ website.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Advertising accounts managers and creative directors

Work Description

Advertising accounts managers and creative directors plan, design, organise and direct the advertising activities of an organisation.

Qualification

Entry is generally via career progression from related occupations. There are no pre-set entry standards, but in practice most directors hold a degree. Off- and on-the-job training is provided.

Job Tasks

liaises with client to discuss product/service to be marketed, defines target group and assesses the suitability of various media; conceives advertising campaign to impart the desired product image in an effective and economical way; reviews and revises campaign in light of sales figures, surveys, etc.; stays abreast of changes in media, readership or viewing figures and advertising rates; arranges conferences, exhibitions, seminars, etc. to promote the image of a product, service or organisation.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Photographers, audio-visual and broadcasting equipment operators

Work Description

Workers in this unit group operate and assist with still, cine and television cameras and operate other equipment to record, manipulate and project sound and vision for entertainment, cultural, commercial and industrial purposes.

Qualification

There are no set academic requirements although entrants usually possess GCSEs/S grades, A levels/H grades and are able to demonstrate proof of pre- entry work experience. A variety of diplomas, degrees and postgraduate qualifications are available. NVQs/SVQs in Photography are available at Levels 2, 3 and 4.

Job Tasks

selects subject and conceives composition of picture or discusses composition with colleagues; arranges subject, lighting, camera equipment and any microphones; inserts lenses and adjusts aperture and speed settings as necessary; operates scanning equipment to transfer image to computer and manipulates image to achieve the desired effect; photographs subject or follows action by moving camera; takes, records and manipulates digital images and digital video footage; controls transmission, broadcasting and satellite systems for television and radio programmes, identifies and solves related technical problems; checks operation and positioning of projectors, vision and sound recording equipment, and mixing and dubbing equipment; operates equipment to record, edit and play back films and television programmes; manages health and safety issues; operates sound mixing and dubbing equipment to obtain desired mix, level and balance of sound.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Graphic designers

Work Description

Graphic designers use illustrative, sound, visual and multimedia techniques to convey a message for information, entertainment, advertising, promotion or publicity purposes, and create special visual effects and animations for computer games, film, interactive and other media.

Qualification

Entrants have usually completed a foundation course, a BTEC/SQA award, a degree and/or postgraduate qualification. NVQs/SVQs in Design (in various disciplines) are available at Levels 2 and 3. Portfolio work is also important for entry.

Job Tasks

liaises with client to clarify aims of project brief, discusses media, software and technology to be used, establishes timetable for project and defines budgetary constraints; undertakes research into project, considers previous related projects and compares costs of using different processes; prepares sketches, scale drawings, models, colour schemes and other mock-ups to show clients and discusses any required alterations; prepares specification and instructions for realisation of the project; liaises with other parts of the production team to ensure graphic design fits with other elements, processes and timescales; produces or oversees creation of the final product.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Product, clothing and related designers

Work Description

Product, clothing and related designers plan, direct and undertake the creation of designs for new industrial and commercial products, clothing and related fashion accessories, costumes and wigs, and for building interiors and stage sets.

Qualification

Entrants have usually completed a foundation course, BTEC/SQA award, degree and or postgraduate qualification. NVQs/SVQs in Fashion Design and Design are available at Level 2, as are apprenticeships at Levels 2 and 3.

Job Tasks

liaises with client to determine the purpose, cost, technical specification and potential uses/users of product; undertakes research to determine market trends, production requirements, availability of resources and formulates design concepts; prepares sketches, designs, patterns or prototypes for textiles, clothing, footwear, jewellery, fashion accessories, set props, wigs, ceramics, plastics, motor vehicles, domestic appliances and engineering products; prepares sketches, designs, mock-ups and storyboards for consideration by theatre/film director or client; submits design to management, sales department or client for approval, communicates design rationale and makes any necessary alterations; specifies materials, production method and finish for aesthetic or functional effect, and oversees production of sample and/or finished product; observes and manages intellectual property issues.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

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