In March 2014 Applied Arts Scotland received funding from Creative Scotland to undertake invaluable research into apprenticeships within the craft sector.
Having undertaken this research we discovered apprenticeships and internships are a complicated subject, but one which many of us would like to know more about. And more importantly how we can utilise it to help us grow our businesses.
With this in mind we hosted a series of professional development events on this theme to allow you to have your intern or apprenticeship questions answered. Films of the speakers’ presentations can be found in our Resources.
Our first event in the series, Taking On An Intern: How to Clone Yourself and Grow Your Craft Business with Business Gateway, took place in Edinburgh in February 2015. The event for professional craftspeople and makers explored where to start with taking on an intern or apprentice. Hosted by Will Levi Marshall speakers included:
- Maker Gilly Langton
- Spring Fling
- Joy Lewis, Chief Executive, Adopt an Intern
- Ronnie Gurr, Apprenticeship Manager, Creative & Cultural Skills
- Susan Harkins, Joined Up for Jobs
- James Donald, PickOne
Films from the event will be published in the ‘Taking On An Intern’ section of our Resources page.
The second event, Getting Your Foot in the Door: Gaining Internships and Developing Your Creative Network, looked at where to find and how to secure internships and the impact they can have on your creative business and build your networks. The event was in partnership with The Glasgow School of Art Careers Service. Hosted by AAS Board Member and textile artist Andy Robertson, speakers were:
- Fi Scott, Founder and Design Director at Make Works.
- Hannah Dunbar, Development Officer at SCVO.
- Alan Moore, Director of ten30, a Nouveau Heritage fashion brand based in Glasgow.