Education & Skills

UK Music Apprenticeship Scheme

UK Music's Apprenticeship scheme aims to support music employers to hire committed & passionate apprentices and help get talented people into paid jobs in the music industry.

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UK Music Apprenticeship Scheme

UK Music’s Apprenticeship scheme has two very simple objectives, to support music employers to hire committed, passionate apprentices and help get talented people into paid jobs in the music industry.

There are a broad range of apprenticeships that fit with the music industry from live events and promotion, creative and digital media.

Not all apprenticeships need to be in creative roles there are also frameworks / standards available for IT roles, finance and general administration.

For more information and to search for vacancies use following links for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

What is an apprenticeship?

  • An apprenticeship is a way for people to earn a wage while they train in a real job, gaining a qualification and laying the foundations for a successful future.
  • You can be recruited into a range of industry-specific roles, including live events and promotion, and creative and digital media.
  • You might also consider becoming an apprentice to fulfil operational roles, such as IT, finance and administration.
  • Go to getingofar.gov.uk for more info if you are thinking about becoming an apprentice.

What’s in it for employers?

  • Opportunity to choose an apprenticeship that directly addresses your business needs.
  • The opportunity to make your organisation more effective, productive and competitive.

How can UK Music help?

  • Advice on how to go about recruiting an apprentice.
  • We can help you choose the type of apprenticeship that best suits your job role or link you with relevant partners who can.
  • We can match you with a training provider who can advise on the role, the commitment, recruitment and how the funding works.

Employer Information

  • An apprentice must be employed for at least a year and work at least 30 hours per week, this includes any time out of the office attending apprenticeship training.
  • At present, apprentices must be employed and cannot be freelancers.
  • You must give your apprentice an induction into their role and provide on-the-job training.
  • As with all employees, you are also responsible for the wages of your apprentice.
  • If you are a levy-payer then the training is fully covered. If you do not pay the levy a 5% contribution towards the training and assessment cost is applicable although digital vouchers can be shared to cover this cost – approach us for more info.

New Apprenticeships Under Development

UK Music have been working with industry, CC Skills and ScreenSkills to develop three new apprenticeship standards for the music industry. All at different stages of development they are:

Assistant Recording Technician – get a role in a studio learning how to produce music.

Music Project Planner – work for a label or publisher on releases from start to finish.

Music Instrument Technician – maintain instruments in a variety of settings including musical instrument retail and rental.

Further Info

Below you can get an idea of the different types of apprenticeships available in the music industry. Please note that these positions have all been successfully filled and are here for reference only.

  • International Promotions Apprentice – Domino Records with DiVA
  • Music Reporting Delivery Assistant Apprentice – PPL with DiVA
  • Neighbouring Rights Apprentice – Domino Records with DiVA
  • Communications Apprentice – Universal Music UK with DiVA
  • Music Assistant Apprentice – Creative Artist Agency with DiVA
  • Brands Account Assistant Apprentice – DawBell Limited with DiVA
  • Digital Media and Marketing Apprentice – R.O.A.D Group of Companies with DiVA
  • Accounts Admin Assistant Apprentice – CODA Agency with DiVA
  • Accounts & Data Analysis Administrator Apprentice – Absolute Marketing & Distribution Ltd with DiVA
  • Digital Media Apprentice – Universal Music UK with DiVA
  • Business Support Officer Apprentice – UK Music with DiVA
  • Promotions Assistant and Management Apprenticeship – Hart Media/Hart & Lord Entertainment with DiVA

*UK Music is not the employer for these jobs. Please do not send your application forms to us, send them to the relevant provider. Each job link will have instructions on applying.

For more information on DiVA – http://www.divaapprenticeships.com/

Apprenticeship Levy

From April 2017 the way apprenticeships are funded changed. The apprenticeship levy requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill over £3 million each year, to pay 0.5% of their pay bill into a pot that will be distributed via a digital voucher system for training apprentices. More info here.

Unlike in England the funding will not be distributed in Wales, NI and Scotland through the Digital Apprenticeship Service. Current arrangements in the nations will continue although all are undertaking consultations with NI embarking upon a 5-year Apprenticeships Review to create new apprenticeship guidelines and standards.

In England those paying the levy will receive 100% of training costs. Those contributing to the levy will also receive a 10% top-up from government. Those not paying the Levy will only receive 95% of training costs unless certain criteria are met (SME’s – less than 50 employees – who take on apprentices 16-18 years old or apprentices aged between 19 and 24 and who either has an education, health and care plan provided by the local authority or who has been in the care of the local authority.)