Dance4 Supports Non-Graduates Entering the Creative Sector through Recruitment of Creative Apprentice

Dance4 Supports Non-Graduates Entering the Creative Sector through Recruitment of Creative Apprentice

Dance4, an internationally renowned dance development agency based in Nottingham has just recruited their fifth Creative Apprentice.

The apprenticeship is part of national scheme Creative & Cultural Skills, which aims to support non-graduates entering the creative sector. 

Creative & Cultural Skills has put over 4000 young people in apprenticeships alone across the UK since 2008 and Dance4 is delighted to have contributed to that number of young people, for a fifth year.

Rachel Emmett, Dance4’s Head of Finance and Operations said, “Employing Creative Apprentices at Dance4 has a wealth of advantages for both the young person and the organisation.  We offer our apprentices vast amounts of learning opportunities across the whole organisation; marketing, programming, technical skills and lots more.  We in return get a fresh new outlook on various projects and our Creative Apprentices are always enthusiastic and raring to go!”

Dance4’s first Creative Apprentice, Sarah Maguire, was recruited in 2009.  Sarah has since gone on to work in the Channel Islands for the Guernsey Arts Commission, worked at Dance Umbrella acting as their Festival Coordinator in 2013 and she is currently working at Dancehouse The Place, as Work Place Artist Manager.

On her Creative Apprenticeship at Dance4, Sarah said, “The real joy of working at Dance4 as Creative Apprentice is that you’re really thrown into all possible scenarios.  The team itself and the structure around you at Dance4 is based on support and development. There, you’re encouraged to put forward your thoughts and ideas to contribute across the board; in this way, you’re really trained to think laterally and logically at once. The team is there to guide you along the way in terms of your decision-making processes.  I very much grew personally and professionally whilst doing my Apprenticeship – it felt like a risk, but it has become the most important and fortuitous decision I have made to date. It has made me who I am.”

The new Creative Apprentice at Dance4 will focus on live events and promotion and work on a range of events and marketing activities throughout the year-long role.