UK Music holds Apprentice meeting with Skills Minister Matt Hancock MP

This Morning (5th March) UK Music held an Apprentice Breakfast with Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock MP at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as part of National Apprentice Week.

The event gave music companies a chance to hear from UK Music’s young apprentices and talk to their employers about the benefits of taking part in the UK Music Apprenticeship scheme.

In 2013 UK Music launched a Skills Academy which brought together different strands of skills and training to help young people get work in the music industry. The Skills Academy works in collaboration with Creative and Cultural Skills, the music sector skills council, and the Board members of UK Music representing record labels, music publishers, producers, managers,  musicians, composers and songwriters and the collection societies.

Since the launch, UK Music has placed 30 young people into some of the UK’s top music companies including Beggars Music, Mute Records, PRS for Music, PPL and CODA. Apprenticeships have ranged from royalty administration to music publishing.

The Apprenticeship Scheme has two simple objectives; to support music companies hire committed, passionate and talented young people and to help those young people get paid jobs in the industry.

Jo Dipple, CEO of UK Music said: “I’m thrilled that Skills Minister Matt Hancock MP is hosting an apprentice breakfast with us. The goal is to show prospective employers that an apprenticeship is a great way for young people to earn while they learn.  So often I’ve spoken to young people who say they cannot get their foot in the door as the employer says they have no relevant experience. Becoming an apprentice is a fine way to get that experience and a qualification. 

The notion of an apprentice is historically understood in industries such as manufacturing.  But the creative industries, one of the UK’s strongest economic assets, will equally benefit.   And employers must remember that higher education is not an option for everyone. 

To mark the significance of National Apprentice Week, UK Music hired its own apprentice who started on Monday (3rd March).  The team are excited to welcome Beatriz on board and we hope she benefits from the placement as much as the industry will from her.

Through this UK Music Apprenticeship Scheme we have opened up a new artery of young talent into our musical blood.    The body of British music can only benefit.”

Skills Minister, Matt Hancock MP said: "Working in the music industry is an attractive option for young people. It's encouraging to see so many employers are interested in creating apprenticeships to broaden access. I want the new norm for young people to either choose to go to university or begin an apprenticeship and the support of businesses is key to making that a reality. I would encourage businesses in this creative and popular industry to get in touch and find out more about employing an apprentice."

Neil Carbery, Director of Employment and Skills, CBI: “CBI research shows that UK firms are concerned about accessing high-skilled employees in growth areas such as hi-tech and IT. This is a real concern for creative firms that require not only access to skills in art and design, but most often a ‘fusion’ of capabilities across technology, maths and science. Apprenticeship schemes, like the one offered by UK Music, are a fantastic way for employers to tailor training and development to their needs, as well as opening up opportunities for talent to enter the industry.”

Andy Heath, Chairman of UK Music and Managing Director of Beggars Music said: “Last year, Beggars Music took on an apprentice as part of the UK Music Apprenticeship scheme. Martha, is 16 years old and has been working with us since November.  I can honestly say that she has been an absolute asset to our team. Employing her has made excellent business sense for us as a company, but it has also been great to kick start a young person’s career in the music industry. I would strongly advise other music companies to take on an apprentice; it has been a joy to have an ambitious and enthusiastic young person working with us. “


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