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Apprenticeship training course

Cultural learning and participation officer (level 3)

Planning, organising and co-ordinating artistic and cultural education community engagement projects.

Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
15 months
Apprenticeship category
Creative and design
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Plan, organise and co-ordinate education and community engagement projects on behalf of the organisation, in order to ensure the facilitator (visiting artist or company colleague, freelancer or volunteer) can deliver effectively This could typically include deciding on appropriate content and information including producing event schedules, artist and technical riders, booking artists and practitioners.
  • Identify learning objectives of education and community engagement projects and suitability for target audience.
  • Work within a set budget, use appropriate resources, venues, systems and technologies to implement the CLP projects ensuring they meet stated objectives and outcomes.
  • Ensure projects comply with the organisation’s Health & Safety policies and procedures including Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively, adapting methods both verbal and non-verbal as appropriate to the stakeholder or audience, which may include public speaking and/or using social media and digital communication methods.   
  • Communicate the CLP projects aims, which may include artistic or cultural outcomes, skills and knowledge development, or a range of social and educational outcomes to audiences, partners and colleagues.
  • Produce clear, concise project reports, fundraising applications and other written communications.
  • Find and participate in professional networks such as arts and culture networks, meetings and events, performances and exhibitions, training and professional development events and industry membership schemes, in order to benefit the organisation.
  • Establish, develop and maintain positive relationships with a wide variety of internal and external partners, artists, colleagues, participants and audiences that result in and/or enable successful projects.
  • Build effective professional arts and cultural networks and identify the benefits they bring to the projects and wider organisation.
  • Contribute and manage audience/participant/venue bookings and ensure artists/external practitioners are recruited for projects as per the organisation’s policies and procedures, including contracting requirements.
  • Maintain artist/external practitioner and audience records as directed, which may include personal information, in-line with employer systems and data protection requirements.
  • Have excellent time management skills, demonstrating your ability to be organised, meet deadlines within project timeframes and meet budgets requirements.
  • Evaluate projects and use feedback to improve current and/or future activity.
  • Provide high quality content, which may be in written or image form, as required, to internal/external communications for example e-bulletins, newsletter content, posters, print and meetings, to aid the promotion of, and engagement with, the organisation’s learning and participation programme.
  • Contribute to fundraising activities including desk research on potential funding sources, note taking at audience consultation meetings, compiling data and information.
  • Identify problems, generate and form ideas to resolve issues, by thinking creatively in response to challenges and identifying when to seek help and support from others.
  • Collaborate effectively with colleagues, creative and cultural professionals and other organisations and partners to achieve project aims and objectives.

Full information on Cultural learning and participation officer (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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