Course Type: Part Time,Apprenticeship

Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Community Arts Management

This Level 3 Apprenticeship has been designed with the help of employers to widen the pool of potential recruits into Community Arts and to give more opportunity to individuals to get their foot in the door of the industry.

Creative & Cultural Skills, the creative sector skills council, has developed this apprenticeship framework in partnership with key stakeholders; employers, training providers and also awarding organisations. The steering group was made up of the following employers:

  • Whitechapel Gallery
  • Tate Liverpool
  • Council for Dance Education and Training
  • Liverpool Philharmonic
  • Sound Sense
  • Sage Gateshead
  • Scottish Royal Ballet
  • Ex Orpheus
  • Creative Blast
  • Random Juice
  • Creative Alliance
  • Kids in Control
  • Apples and Snakes
  • Upper Springfield Development Company

On completion of this apprenticeship, your apprentice will be able to undertake the full range of duties, in the range of circumstances appropriate to the job, confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry.

Advanced level Apprentices will train as Community Arts Administrators responsible for assisting with the efficient running of the organisation, to ensure that the local community benefits from a range of arts programmes. This may include:

  • assisting with the recruitment of administrators
  • artist services
  • maintenance and security
  • external relationship management
  • book keeping.

Entry requirements

Ideally your apprentice will have 5 GCSE grades A-D to include a communication subject, mathematics and a science or technical based subject (or ICT related qualification). Apprentices who have the appropriate GCSE grades or key skills may be exempt from completing Functional skills.

If some of your job roles require a DBS check, this will also apply to apprentices as well.

How is the apprenticeship delivered and assessed?

The apprenticeship will include:

  • A Competence Based Qualification in Community Arts Administration/Management
  • A Technical Certificate in the Principles of the Creative and Cultural Sector
  • Maths
  • English
  • ICT Functional Skills Level 2.

A trainer/assessor will visit your apprentice in the workplace to assist in compiling a portfolio of evidence.  The technical certificate is assessed by assignments / presentations and knowledge based tests whilst attending training days at Sage Gateshead.  Functional Skills are assessed by examination and portfolio. 

Your apprentice will be required to attend Sage Gateshead once a month for the off the job training component of the apprenticeship. Functional Skills are delivered by Gateshead College staff at agreed times with yourself (usually at the start of the apprenticeship programme). 


The duration of the apprenticeship programme is approximately 18 months.