Best practices, obstacles, barriers and strategies for effectively implementing Apprenticeships in the CCIs

In the context of high levels of youth unemployment and youth poverty across Europe, the CCIs have been identified by the European Parliament as playing a key role as a driver for growth in the European economy. They contribute more than any other sector to youth employment and have proved to be most resilient during the post-2008 economic crisis. Whilst the new creative technology and working patterns of the CCIs are attractive to young people, the entry routes are often through personal networks or unpaid internships which exclude young people from minority and disadvantaged backgrounds. The CCIs comprise a high proportion of small and micro-businesses. Many such businesses lack capacity or resources to take on apprenticeships.

To address these challenges, P4CA brings together a partnership of experienced VET providers from 6 countries, who are based in creative clusters or hubs that bring together, through dynamic networks, the three target groups that need to collaborate in order to create a successful creative apprenticeship (CCI employers; VET trainers and institutions; and young creatives).

This report has the aim of enabling partners to formulate a methodology for the project that is tailored to the needs of young people and employers specifically in the Creative and Cultural Industries sector, taking into account the characteristics and work patterns of the sector and of its various sub-sectors. This was achieved through each partner conducting interviews using a common framework with professionals working to support CCI apprenticeships in their respective countries, and summarising this through the sections of each country report. In addition to this, included in this report are also case studies that each partner conducted on organisations providing CCI apprenticeships in their respective countries.

This report was written as part of the P4CA project funded by the European Commission.