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Cultural Learning and Participation Officer Apprenticeship

Cultural Learning and Participation
Officer Apprenticeship Level 3

Cultural Learning and Participation Officer Apprenticeship Level 3 Overview

Cultural Learning and Participation Officers (CLPO) plan, organise and co-ordinate artistic and cultural education workshops, schedules of activity and community engagement projects that will vary in duration.

The activities that are planned, organised and co-ordinated by the CLPO, typically include teaching arts, culture and heritage subjects, creative workshops, visits, talks, performances, festivals, events and digital arts, using online content and social networks as appropriate. Activities may be accessed in cultural venues, online (through delivering webinars) and other settings for example schools, hospitals, prisons and community settings such
as care homes.

These activities act as a vehicle to enable learning, skills development, wellbeing, social inclusion and community engagement. They use arts and culture to enhance and improve learning about wider subjects e.g. teamwork, communication, resilience and may use activities that include dance, music, drama or provide curriculum resources in the arts. The activities are aimed at diverse audiences e.g. children, young people, vulnerable adults and local community groups (youth theatre groups or charities) to ensure they have a range of opportunities to access, create and benefit from artistic and cultural activities e.g. learning an instrument; improving communication skills.

Typically, they will be expected to make decisions regarding booking venues, appropriate artists, advertising, appropriate audiences, taking feedback and fundraising activities. They may have many activities happening at one time and need to keep accurate records and stakeholders updated. They are also expected to operate within strict budgets, delivering to agreed deadlines and standards.

Details Of The Programme

This apprenticeship usually takes 15 – 21 months to complete during which you will participate in training, development and on-going review activities. This apprenticeship covers the professional behaviours, knowledge and skills that are required of a Cultural Learning and Participation officer.

  • Understanding audiences and effective methods of engagement
  • Working with partners
  • Fundraising
  • IT systems & software
  • Project coordination
  • Communication
  • Project administration
  • Relationship management

The End Point Assessment Process

Assessment Gateway

At the assessment gateway, your employer will make the decision that you are ready to undertake the endpoint assessment.
Before going forward for endpoint assessment, you must have:

  • satisfactory completion of all learning & training agreed by the employer 
  • achievement of English and maths at level 2
  • a portfolio demonstrating knowledge, skills and behaviours to support the professional discussion as part of the end-point assessment
  • confirmation by the employer that the apprentice is ready to enter end-point assessment
End Point Assessment

Following successful completion of the Gateway, you will proceed to endpoint assessment (EPA).
The EPA is undertaken by an independent assessment organisation.
The End Point assessment components are:

  • practical observation of the apprentice undertaking work-based activities
  •  a professional discussion

All components of the endpoint assessment must be completed and an endpoint assessment grade will be determined by the endpoint assessor.

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