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NEWSLETTER 05 — 02.10.13

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Hello designer-makers
Welcome to Making It this October: craft a creative career

We are pleased to announce that several Cockpit Arts studio holders have received funding to take on paid interns and apprentices as part of the Creative Employment Programme. So this month we are focusing on how to employ an intern or apprentice and what you need to consider. Our latest articles will help you develop a job description, conduct successful interviews and manage employees effectively.

Also find out more about our Cockpit Arts / The Prince’s Trust Creative Careers Programme. The Creative Careers Programme offers previously unemployed young people 12 months free intensive craft and business support within our central London creative business incubator.

Plus don’t miss how to apply for our Cockpit Arts / Clear Insurance Award 2013, an insightful Q&A with award winning jeweller Ruth Tomlinson and our latest studio news.

Making It online resource

Create a creative career

When taking on an intern or apprentice you will have many considerations including advertising, job descriptions and interviewing, to mention but a few.

Done right, an internship can be beneficial to both the employee and the employer and our articles are designed to help you get off to a great start. These include:

•    Developing a job description
•    How to conduct successful interviews
•    Managing a successful internship

Find out more »

Cockpit Arts / The Prince’s Trust

Creative Careers Programme

The programme has now entered its fourth year and is a gateway to a professional career in craft and design.  Previously unemployed young people are integrated into the Cockpit business incubator and mentored by established Cockpit Alumni to develop their design and craft skills, with the aim of fast tracking their progression to self employment. 

This year’s cohort includes:
  • Sarah Marafie (jewellery)
  • Chloe Owens (textiles and ceramics)
  • Zoe Powell (textiles)
  • Mary Zreik (fashion and textiles)
Find out more »

Q & A with Ruth Tomlinson

Creative development

Award winning jeweller Ruth Tomlinson launched her first collections ‘Flora’ and ‘Sketch’ in 2001 and writes for our online resource about her inspirations and upcoming projects, as well as giving advice for designer-makers setting up business for the first time.

Read more here »

Creative Employment Programme

Paid internships and apprenticeships

Several Cockpit Arts studio holders will be taking on paid interns and apprentices as part of the Creative Employment Programme. The programme is delivered by Creative & Cultural Skills to support the creation of formal apprenticeships and paid internship opportunities in England for unemployed young people wishing to pursue a career in the arts and cultural sector.

We are recruiting!
Are you are interested in applying for our Business Development Apprenticeship?

Find out more »

Cockpit Arts / Clear Insurance Award 2013

Deadline: Friday 18 October 2013

Applications are invited for this new Award which specifically aims to support professional designer-makers who have one or more export markets.

Clear Insurance continues to show their commitment to supporting creative businesses, having run The Clear Insurance Scheme for Craft Workers & Designer-makers since November 2002. The scheme has proved enormously beneficial to the UK craft community by providing an affordable insurance package tailored specifically to the needs of designer-makers.

Apply now »

Studio news

Up to date news straight from the studios

Welcome to Jennie Adamson who joined us in September 2013. Jennie Adamson works as a bespoke tailor, creating handmade clothing for men and women following Savile Row’s traditional techniques of cutting and making. After completing a full apprenticeship with a tailor on Savile Row, Jennie worked firstly as an assistant cutter then as a bespoke coat maker on Savile Row.
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Cockpit Arts is the UK’s only creative business incubator for designer-makers. Cockpit Arts Limited is a registered charity (no. 1029643) and a company limited by guarantee (no. 2801969) registered in England and Wales. Registered office: Cockpit Yard, Northington Street, London, WC1N 2NP.