Recording industry welcomes new apprenticeship framework

New apprenticeships are a first for the UK recording sector

16 August 2013

City & Guilds, working in partnership with Creative and Cultural Skills and Joint Audio Media Education Support (JAMES), has developed new apprenticeships and qualifications for sound engineering and music technology that will be available to learners from this September.

The collaborative effort has enabled an apprenticeship framework to be developed at Levels 2 and 3, aiming to attract new people into sound engineering and studio work from a range of backgrounds. The apprenticeship scheme will provide apprentices with the skills employers need, providing a way into the industry through a variety of pathways including recording engineering, mixing, studio management, creative writing and producing, and maintenance engineering.

Producer Mark Rose led the JAMES development team and wrote the new National Occupational Standards (NOS) alongside the UK music industry recording sector. He says the initiative will create a benchmark standard of practice that will align studio apprenticeships with industry skills and standards.

‘This apprenticeship offers the learner constant training in a workplace environment, constant work placement, training with peers in a complex industry that is all about teamwork, and access to peer knowledge,’ Mark says. ‘The industry desperately needs young, qualified people, not just for the benefit of the learner and employer, but also for the distressed music industry badly affected by piracy in the last decade.’

The apprenticeships will offer an alternative way into the sector, away from the traditional internship, freelance or university route. ‘This country is a benchmark for work in the professional recording sector,’ Mark says. ‘We need to start taking on a new generation of digital kids with the wage funding to support them as well as their studio employers.’ For the first time in many decades, large and small British music studios will be able to take on new members of staff thanks to the apprenticeship scheme.

The qualifications were officially launched during an event at Metropolis Studios, Chiswick, on 17 July, which was attended by employers and representatives from a number of music industry organisations including UK Music Skills Academy and the Musicians’ Union. 

Ed Vaizey, UK Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, attended and spoke at the launch along with Creative & Cultural Skills CEO Catherine Large and trustee and acclaimed music producer Robert Millar. They were supported by National Apprenticeship Service Regional Director Vic Grimes and National Skills Academy Head of Apprenticeships Paul Marijetic.

To find out more and to see more images from the launch event, visit JAMES' website.



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