• Creative apprentices and envoys: routes to employment and participation

      Artess, Jane; University of Derby (University of Derby, 2017-01-01)
      In commissioning this evaluation LeftCoast had the following objectives: (i) to explore the effectiveness of the Creative Apprentices and Envoys initiatives in delivering new routes and pathways to professional or voluntary participation in the arts and arts organisations; (ii) to look for evidence of good practice, learning moments, and effective approaches to individual skills and personal development; (iii) to conclude on how effective the schemes are in contributing to local arts sector development, and (iv) to look at the values and benefits perceived by individual participants. A brief literature review, together with participants’ and stakeholders’ accounts, evidence that the schemes provide new routes and pathways to professional and voluntary participation in the arts; that there is clear evidence of good practice, learning moments and effective approaches to individual skills and personal development; and that both Creative Apprentices and Envoys contribute to local arts sector development. The participants interviewed appear to value both the work-based and voluntary opportunities provided through these initiatives.