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New studio apprenticeship programme and qualifications to be launched

Creative & Cultural Skills, Joint Audio Media Education Support (JAMES) and City & Guilds are set to launch the National Occupational Standards (NOS) and studio apprenticeship programme in July.

Creative & Cultural Skills, Joint Audio Media Education Support (JAMES) and City & Guilds are working in partnership to develop new qualifications for sound engineering and music technology. 

The qualifications are based on the recently developed National Occupational Standards set by the music industry for work in sound engineering and music technology. 

This work has also enabled an apprenticeship framework to be developed at Levels 2 and 3. The aim of the framework is to attract new people into sound engineering and music technology from a wide range of backgrounds. The framework will provide apprentices with the skills employers need, and create a career pathway within and across the music industry. It will also entitle SME employers to limited grant support towards each intern.
 The apprenticeships are due to be available from September 2013 and it is hoped that they will enable small creative audio studios as well as larger music groups to take on new staff.

“This suite of NOS qualifications, either individually or as a complete apprenticeship, will offer 16+ and 19+ creative career choices never before offered,” said Phil Harding, JAMES chair (pictured). “I am particularly pleased to see the JAMES, CCS City & Guilds supported qualifications enable the small creative audio SME and larger music groups to take on new staff, while off site training is offered for via JAMES-approved FE networks.”

Mark Rose, Music Producers Guild vice chairman who was closely involved in developing the new National Occupational Standards, stated: “The music industry will strengthen and further develop the key skills it needs for years to come within HR/staffing for the recording sectors as a result of this valuable work.”