Studio Apprenticeships scheme launches


New apprenticeships and qualifications for sound engineering and music technology will come into force in September 2013 thanks to a collaborative effort involving JAMES, Creative & Cultural Skills and City & Guilds.

In recent months all three organisations have worked together to develop this initiative, which will be officially launched on July 17, 2013 at Metropolis Studios in London. Among those attending will be Government Minister Ed Vaizey; Vic Grimes, Regional NSA Director and Catherine Large, from Creative & Cultural Skills. There will also be representatives from a number of music industry organisations including APRS, MPG, JAMES, BASCA, UK Music, the Musicians Union, MMF, Access To Music, Rock School Club and the Production Services Association.

Producers Mark Rose and Tony Platt, who were part of the development team, say they are delighted that this joint initiative has set a baseline standard of practice that will align studio apprenticeships with industry skills standards.

“The main aim of the studio apprenticeships is to give young people new entry opportunities to the UK recording sector by providing them with the key skills that employers’ require,” Mark Rose says. “We also hope the scheme will encourage employers to take on individuals by offering a mix of employment and educational training via industry approved centres."

The apprenticeships, which will be available from September 2013 via Awarding Organisation City & Guilds, will allow trainees to follow a number of career pathways including recording engineers, mastering engineers, studio managers, creative writing producers, maintenance engineers, and a new breed of freelance record producers.

NB - there are no more spaces to attend the Launch on 17 July - fully booked

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