Artswork, PUSH and the Creative and Cultural Industry Employers Network
Artswork has been working with the Partnership for urban South Hampshire (PUSH) since October 2010 to develop an employer-led approach through partnership with the Cultural and Creative industry sector (CCIs) and training providers to seek to diversify the workforce and to enhance approaches to, and opportunities for, work-based learning and for increasing employability and employment prospects for young people.
The South Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Cultural and Creative Industries Workforce Development Network has developed as a result of this work and comprises a network of cultural and creative employers, FE Colleges, Universities and learning and cultural agencies. In 2011, following initial pilot work, Artswork received funding of £50,000 through the Learning and Skills Improvement Service to build the network, to explore a collaborative approach to work based learning, to pilot some action based research and to develop a business model to deliver work based learning in the future – including the Creative Apprenticeship.
• Established a network of some 100 members representing CCI employers, FE and HE providers, schools and learning agencies.
• Promoted awareness of training skills development and work-based learning ultimately to help young people seeking employment in the sector.
• Worked to bring together a wide range of training providers (FE, HE, community) in the delivery of formalised work based learning.
• Delivered pre-employability/pre-apprenticeship Summer schools
• Explored ways of overcoming the reliance by sector employers on unpaid volunteers and interns.
• Developed a strategic and collaborative approach to work-based learning
• Developed a new Business model for the delivery of the creative Apprenticeship Community Arts Framework (Level 2)
• Commenced delivery – from May 2012 – of the Network Creative Apprenticeship Programme – with Artswork acting as the training provider, sub-contracted by Founder College, North Hertfordshire College. Artswork has developed and is delivering the curriculum for off-the-job training and is also overseeing and monitoring the assessment, QA, and verification processes.
• Delivering a contract with PUSH (2012 to 2014) to deliver key aspects of their successful ACE Grants for the Arts Award to extend, enhance and develop the CCI Network (Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton, IOW) as well as build enhanced approaches to employability and the delivery of the Creative Apprenticeship Programme including other accredited opportunities for yp (e.g. Arts Award and AQA quals)
• Built and maintained the PUSH/Artswork collegiate approach to further creative apprenticeships – as well as to paid internships – recruited by Network members as part of the new ACE Creative Employment Programme to be managed by Sector Skills Council, Creative and Cultural Skills National Skills Academy. (NB Artswork has been appointed as a CCS NSA Skills Ambassador): Arstwork submitted 2 Consortium bids to the Creative Employment Programme on behalf of Network members resulting in wage subsidy investment of c£62,000 creating 30 new jobs – a mix of Apprenticeships and paid Internships
• Created a total of c.38 new jobs altogether since inception (includes the 30 above)
• Developed 2 new Creative Apprenticeship Frameworks in response to employer needs: Live Events and Production, and Cultural and Heritage Venue Operations. This means that Artswork and the Network now have 3 frameworks to offer to employers and apprentices.
• Delivered a series of seminars and events including a major Partnership Creative Industries Conference in February attended by some 120 people