2 November 2017
by Sophie-Emma Crook
Sophie-Emma Crook is our Creative Apprentice. She has been working with Kettle’s Yard and Wysing Arts Centre over the past year to support Learning & Engagement and Community teams. Read on to hear about Sophie-Emma’s experience with us.
The highlight of my apprenticeship were all the amazing events and away days I have been able to contribute to. Some of my favourite memories are from being a part of Circuit, our young people’s group. Earlier this year we travelled up to Nottingham for a few days had a national conference at Nottingham Contemporary. We all had such a laugh and made some new connections! Another great memory would be getting the chance to work at the Tate when I assisted on a project called Open House with Tate exchange and Kettle’s Yard. It was so amazing to be able to work in such a renowned space with incredible artists and arts professionals.
I am proud of myself for completing at what could be at times a very busy and hard apprenticeship! For learning about how to communicate in the workplace and also creating a network and relationships within the creative and cultural sector. I am proud that my opinion has mattered throughout my time here, I have been trusted to run workshops and I was even invited up to London to work on a brand new apprenticeship in a Trailblazer meeting. Having people value your opinion is always something to be proud of, especially when it is professionals within your field and you’re only 18!
In my time here, I have learned all about the creative and cultural sector. I have learned how to communicate ideas, how to network and how to be a functioning adult in ‘’work life’’.
My experience was a rollercoaster! The course work has been tough, and the work at times has been hard and very hectic. But I have had so much fun and learnt so much that words can’t even describe how I feel looking back on it all!
The best advice I could give to the next Creative Apprentice is to be confident. Have confidence in your abilities while also listening and soaking up as much as you can because this is such an amazing opportunity not everyone gets.
Going forward, I am planning to take what I have learned during my time at Kettle’s Yard and Wysing Arts Centre with me to university. My apprenticeship has made me want to learn even more about the creative and cultural sector. I plan to go to Leeds Beckett and study Media, communications and culture studies, and I cannot wait!
Everyone at Kettle’s Yard wants to thank Sophie-Emma for all her hard work and assistance over the past year.
Looking for more? Read Sophie-Emma’s first blog post to find out how she was feeling at the beginning of her apprenticeship and about the application process.