Creative Production Manager Level 7 Apprenticeship

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What is a Creative Production Manager?

The role of a Creative Industries Production Manager involves taking responsibility for the organizational aspects of production schedules and budgets. We need someone who can balance creativity with efficient time and budget management, because of the nature of this role, it involves working in various production areas, such as film, TV, commercials, VFX, post-production, animation, and live performance art. You will be required to flex between departments. As well as, supporting the creative team’s vision by managing resources, scheduling production, and solving problems that may arise.

How can an apprenticeship propel you towards a career as a Creative Production Manager?

Undoubtedly, completing an apprenticeship can open the doors to an exciting career. Our Level 7 program covers essential production management skills and knowledge within the creative industries.

Throughout the apprenticeship, you will have the chance to specialize in the following key creative production areas: Production Accounting, Film, TV and Short Form Production, VFX, Post-Production and Animation, or Live Performance Art Production. Choosing a specialization will enable you to gain specific skills and knowledge tailored to your chosen field.

The apprenticeship provides practical experience through on-the-job training and work-based learning. A qualified training provider and employer offer guidance, support, and supervision throughout the program.

Once you have successfully completed the apprenticeship, you will possess the essential skills, knowledge, and experience needed to work as a Creative Production Manager in various industries. With this expertise, you’ll be able to manage production resources, prepare schedules, manage budgets, ensure compliance with health and safety regulations, and provide progress reports to senior management.

For those interested in learning more about the apprenticeship, please refer to the assessment plan.

Entry Criteria

While there are no specific entry requirements for this apprenticeship, previous experience in technical theatre, production coordination, or production accounting is desired.

You will not be required to have English and Mathematics to gain entry therefore it will be expected of you to have achieved this prior to the End Point Assessment.

Alternatively, British Sign Language qualifications can be used as a substitute for English qualifications for those who use it as their primary language, it is important to us that everyone has a fair chance because we understand intelligence comes in any form.

In addition, apprentices without level 2 English and Maths must achieve this before taking the end-point assessment. If this is not obtained, consequentially the apprentice will not be able to complete the apprenticeship.

Responsibilities of each role

The creative production industry offers many career paths to explore. Our program values versatility and recognizes each apprentice’s unique strengths and interests. We allow our apprentices to specialize in the area that aligns with their passions and goals because we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. So, let’s explore the exciting job roles that our apprentices can aspire to. Please see below.

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These roles include Production Accountant, Production Manager, Stage Manager, Line Producer, Post-Production Supervisor, Post Producer, and Bookings Manager.

  • As a Production Accountant, you will be responsible for managing the financial control of the production.
  • A Production Manager oversees all operational and logistical aspects of production.
  • A Stage Manager coordinates all aspects of live performances, including rehearsals and technical elements.
  • A Line Producer manages the day-to-day operations of production to ensure it stays on schedule and on budget.
  • A Post-Production Supervisor oversees the post-production process.
  • A Post Producer manages the post-production process from start to finish. Alongside this, they will be working closely with the creative team to ensure the final product meets their vision.
  • Lastly, a Bookings Manager manages the bookings of personnel, locations, equipment, and other resources required for production. This includes negotiating rates, managing contracts, and ensuring all resources are available when needed.

Desired Knowledge and Behaviours

It’s important to us to maintain a high level of professionalism and creativity. In other words, we need a candidate that will meet our expectations.


To maintain the credibility and reputation of creative industries’ production management. The ideal candidate must possess integrity, honesty, and reliability. Additionally, they must uphold ethics and display respect when dealing with others.

Moreover, possessing adaptability and flexibility are crucial qualities for meeting key production deadlines because of the varied tasks, it is important for the right candidate to already have this foundation embedded as it enables positive adjustments to change in work priorities and patterns because of these qualities you can actively ensure successful completion of the apprenticeship.

The candidate should display resilience and proactivity in their role. They should be tenacious and proactive in positively dealing with setbacks during production.


Creative thinking is paramount because we need to push the boundaries a little bit therefore the ideal candidate must be able to also conceptualize creative ideas and have a creative vision. Additionally, they must be able to analyze problems and use initiative and innovation to provide creative solutions and opportunities for production.


For aspiring creatives who seek to establish themselves in the dynamic field of creative production, our Level 7 apprenticeship program offers comprehensive training and expert guidance.

With a focus on ‘on-the-job learning’, this program equips you with the essential skills needed for success, all while earning a wage.

We understand that this apprenticeship might not fit what you are looking for, so please check out our site on ApprenticeTips for more creative apprenticeships. Alternatively, browse through our site for a wider range of apprenticeships.

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Level 3 Water Treatment Technician Apprenticeship

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Are you looking to start a career in Engineering and Manufacturing? Are you a self-starter and a great problem solver? If so, then a Level 3 Water Technician Apprenticeship might be for you.

What is a Water Technician?

Water Technicians are responsible for the development, installation and maintenance of water treatment programmes for the water systems of industrial and commercial buildings such as schools, hospitals and hotels. As a Water Technician you will be expected to ensure the quality of water is suitable and safe for specific uses e.g., for food production, drinking and washing, preventing and minimising health risks such as microbiological contamination and scale formation.

Within the Water Technician Apprenticeship there are different roles you may undertake. This may include: a Water Treatment Technician, Water Treatment Equipment Technician, Legionella Risk Assessor, Water Treatment Operations Supervisor. There will be some aspects of these roles that are similar and some that differ.

What are the entry requirements for this apprenticeship?

To apply for a Water Technician apprenticeship, the typical requirements are 3-5 GCSEs at grades A-C (including English and Maths) or equivalent.

What is required of a Water Treatment Apprentice?

As a Water Treatment Apprentice you should have a willingness to learn new skills and demonstrate the ability to be professional and respectful of others. In addition, you should be a self-starter and be willing to make independent decisions and develop solutions and improvements to work practices. Another core skill is to be able to work safely and to supervise the safety of others, as well as be receptive to feedback.

Water Treatment Apprentices will also learn the appropriate water treatment for specific water systems and be able to treat them. As well as, but not limited to, giving presentations and demonstrations to customer/site personnel regarding treatment recommendations and creating reports.

What technical knoweldge will you learn on a Water Technician apprenticeship?

Some of the technical knowledge all Water Treatment Technicians will be required to know are:

  •  The Chemical reactions involved in the corrosion and scaling processes in water systems.
  •  The cell structure of waterborne microbes and the interactions with biocidal products used to control them.
  •  The concepts of flow and heat transfer in water systems and how they affect water treatment processes.
  •  Ion transfer technologies, including resin and membrane based systems, used to change water quality.

The importance of health and safety

As a Water Technicians you should be able to keep yourself and others safe by understanding, complying and implementing statuary health and safety regulations and contribute to improving safer working conditions.

What technical tasks will you prepare and perform?

As a Water Treatment Technician you will:

  • Gather system data to enable the correct selection of operational resources that may be required e.g. access equipment (ladders, scaffold or cherry picker).
  • Complete work task risk assessments and develop work plans and method statements for the task(s) involved.
  • Ensure the suitability and correct operating condition of resources and equipment for the work tasks involved. This can include test equipment, chemical dosing equipment, water pumps and other specialised equipment.

You will also perform the:

  • Identification of suitable sampling and application points in a water system
  • Assessment of relevant test parameters and sampling plan for specific water systems
  • Performance assessment and evaluation of water system conditions and operations utilising specific monitoring equipment
  • Application of water treatment programmes to specific water system types e.g. cooling towers, steam boilers, heating and chilled systems etc.
  • Interpretation of test results and development of treatment programme improvements and recommendations

Undertaking an apprenticeship can be a great alternative to college or higher education.

For more information and to apply for the Level 3 Water Technical Apprenticeship check out  

If a Water Treatment Technician isn’t for you, but you’re still interested in career in Engineering and Manufacturing, why not check out the Level 3 Digital Engineering Technician Apprenticeship.

Tips for a Level 3 Digital Marketing apprentice

Are you looking for or beginning an apprenticeship in Digital Marketing and want to know more about what apprentices should look out for when completing their qualification? Or have you started your apprenticeship and would like some tips on how to stay on top of everything? Well continue reading this blog for more information.

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As a learner, you will have a training provider to assist you in your continued learning throughout the apprenticeship. You will be given various training on digital marketing for example, coding boot camps, social media and digital etiquette, search marketing etc. These training’s are all important for your development throughout the course.

However you may find it becoming overwhelming balancing your work life with course work but there are a few things you can do to manage effectively:

  • Allocate yourself training days: Choose a specific day of the week to help you focus on apprenticeship-related work only.
  • Speak to your team and be clear on the apprenticeship work that needs to be completed for your course and some of the time you may take off due to training.
  • Speak to your training coach to let them know if you need extra time or support on course work.


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Produced towards the end of this apprenticeship, a portfolio allows you to contain all evidence from real work projects which have been completed during the apprenticeship. At the end of the apprenticeship, the portfolio is assessed as part of the end point assessment.

To ensure your portfolio is successful when assessed make sure to:

  • Use the following structure to clearly demonstrate your work: the context, the objective, the research you carried out and the how.
  • Use a navigational system to allow examiners to follow through, for example this can be a page of contents.
  • Be sure to show any achievements i.e. peer bonuses or kind message(s) from your manager.
  • Take screenshots of each stage of projects to share as evidence in your portfolio.

It is also important to develop your language dimension throughout the portfolio with:

  • Breadth: Show you understand a range of tools and methods and how to apply them in your work
  • Depth: Show the level to which these tools and methods are understood and applied
  • Complexity – the extent and prevalence of inter-related and interdependent factors in the work and how well you have dealt with these factors.

Make sure to have your portfolio checked by your training coach when you have made updates or added a new project, your coach can help mark competency you have or are missing and how to achieve them.

Log Off-the-Job Hours

As part of your apprenticeship, you are required to use 20% of your time learning. To ensure you are able to find opportunities to learn more outside of your work you can:

  • Think out of the book (excuse the pun!): Learning is not always the old-school textbook style learning; you can network with colleagues and learn more about different area outside of your immediate work.
  • Join events related to digital marketing and learn more about the industry.
  • Shadowing opportunities are a great way to learn more about technical aspects of your work.


Finally, once you come towards the end of your apprenticeship, you have to go through the Gateway process to confirm you are ready for the End Point Assessment process. Make sure to complete the following steps to get through Gateway successfully:

  • Make sure to log your OTJ Hours
  • Upload your portfolio
  • Upload all your qualifications: Marketing Principles, Google Analytics Individual Qualification and Principles of Coding.
  • Employer Reference

The apprenticeship is a great way for you to begin your career in Digital Marketing, so we recommend reading through the Digital Marketer profile created by the Institute for Apprenticeships to know what is expected of you as an apprentice. Or check out more blogs on our website, if you want to learn more about other apprenticeships we provide.

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