Apprenticeships In The Arts

Donna Clarkson is our Business Administration Apprentice at BCT. In this blog, she outlines the opportunities her apprenticeship has given her and why she chose an apprenticeship path.

“I have been an apprentice at Black Country Touring for almost two years, and it feels like time has flown by, but maybe that’s just because I’m getting older. Throughout my apprenticeship I have had many great opportunities that I would not have had anywhere else, from the NRTF conference to speaking live on BBC WM radio; as someone who is new to the arts and focuses on the more admin side of the organisation, I still feel like I have learned a lot about the arts through my work at BCT. 

I have really enjoyed being an apprentice and would recommend it to anyone who has just left college / sixth form and is looking for experience. Personally, I felt like university wasn’t for me, I didn’t know what I wanted to do after sixth form and therefore wouldn’t have known what course to study at university, another factor that drew me away from attending university was the costs and loans I would have to take out to attend. 

Which is why an apprenticeship is much more appealing to me, not only do I earn money but I gain a plethora of experience, which to me is something that I think employers look for when hiring, but also I’d feel a lot more confident going into a new workplace having prior experience under my belt. 

I also feel that the expectations of some employers for their staff to have many years of experience, this can lead to a vicious cycle of students leaving college or leaving university and not being able to get a job because no one will hire them due to their lack of experience, so then that leads to the dilemma of how young people are expected to have experience when no one will give them a change to gain experience? 

To reiterate my point, I am really enjoying my apprenticeship and am thoroughly grateful for this opportunity, and I think this is a route that many young people should try. Thank you for reading my blog! “