Develop written and audio visual content.
Content Creator Apprenticeship
End Point Assessment Centre
18 months (this does not include EPA period)
Our Green Skills Pathway
Employers could get £1,000 each for taking on an apprentice who is either:
- aged 16 to 18 years old, or
- aged 19 to 25 years old and has an education, health and care (EHCP) plan or has been in the care of their local authority
What you can use the payment for
The payment is different to apprenticeship levy funds, so you can spend it on anything to support your organisation’s costs. For example, on uniforms, your apprentice’s travel or their salary. You do not have to pay it back.
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Who is this course suitable for?
Those in a marketing assistant role who report to a Marketing Executive, Marketing Manager or Marketing Director. Typical job roles include Content Creator/Producer, Marketing Assistant, Digital Marketing Assistant, Marketing Junior, Social Media Assistant.
The broad purpose of the occupation is to develop and create written and audio visual content that can be used across a variety of platforms and media. This may include social media, broadcast or in print.
A content creator works to a brief. They research, prepare and develop the messaging to maximise audience engagement. They capture the strategy and objectives of the brand and needs of the customer, client or business.
Typical job roles may include:
- Content assistant/creator/producer
- Junior content producer
- Multimedia executive
- Social media assistant
- Social media co-ordinator
- Social media executive
- Marketing assistant
- Marketing junior
- Junior Graphic Designer
- Junior Creative
What the successful candidate should be able to do at the end of the apprenticeship:
Upon completing the Content Creator Apprenticeship, candidates will possess the expertise to thrive in a variety of professional marketing environments, ranging from small-scale enterprises to multinational corporations spanning the public, private, and third sectors. As adept creators of written and audio-visual content, they will have cultivated the skills necessary to tailor messages for diverse platforms including social media, broadcast, and print, in alignment with brand strategy and audience preferences. Through research and strategy preparation, they will effectively engage audiences, contributing to media, advertising, and marketing initiatives. Interacting with a spectrum of stakeholders, from clients to production teams, they will adeptly navigate the content creation process, ensuring the timely delivery of high-quality material within budgetary confines and in compliance with legal and regulatory standards. Commitment to continuous professional development will be paramount as they remain attuned to emerging technologies and evolving consumer trends, solidifying their roles as indispensable contributors to any content-centric enterprise.
Our comprehensive curriculum covers a range of duties, including market intelligence, content creation, event organisation, and CRM system management. Gain hands-on experience in monitoring campaign performance, optimising channels, and evaluating marketing effectiveness. With a focus on English UK standards, our apprenticeship ensures you stay ahead in the ever-evolving marketing landscape.
These are the personal attributes and behaviours expected of all content creators carrying out their roles:
- Commitment to Excellence: dedicated to producing high quality and innovative content, consistently striving for excellence in every project undertaken.
- Collaborative Spirit: Acts in a way that builds and maintains positive relationships with customers, team-oriented approach, fostering effective collaboration and synergy with colleagues and stakeholders to achieve shared goals and objectives.
- Customer-Centric Approach: Interacts with customers in a manner that cultivates and sustains positive relationship. Acts in a way that builds and maintains positive relationships with customers.
- Ownership Mentality: Takes full ownership of tasks and responsibilities, demonstrating a proactive attitude towards achieving exceptional outcomes.
- Ethical Conduct: Acts in a professional and ethical manner, embracing equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
- Continuous Learning: Committed to keeping up to date with new technologies and industry best practice.
- Reflective Practice: Reflects on the results of the content created and identifies areas for improvement.
96 of learners say this course helped them to succeed in their marketing careers and developed their understanding and confidence in this area.
OCCUPATIONAL BRIEF OF STANDARD
K1: The principles and process of setting a budget to produce content.
K2: The methods used to segment and understand core audiences and how to plan content for these.
K3: Availability of data and its use to inform decision making when identifying channels, formats and platforms for content creation.
K4: The end-to-end production workflow process for the organisation, the key stages, and own role within this
K5: The regulatory and legal requirements when using media assets such as copyright, intellectual property rights, GDPR, web accessibility and non-disclosure agreements.
K6: Personal and employer responsibilities regarding data protection and data sharing, the potential impact on a business and the regulations that cover this.
K7: How to identify the commercial drivers for a client/customer.
K8: The importance of brand, brand awareness, brand purpose, branding guidelines and the intended audience within a brief.
K9: Where content creation fits within a marketing strategy.
K10: How tone of voice can be adapted effectively to reflect the content.
K11: How audiences and their behaviours differ across channels and platforms and the different communication styles that could be used.
K12: How creative content can be used across multiple channels and platforms, and how the platform chosen affects the content production.
K13: The different styles of writing that can be used according to the type of content, channel and platform required.
K14: Correct use of grammar, punctuation, spelling and inclusive language.
K15: The principles of writing persuasive copy for a person or group or to raise brand awareness.
K16: The principles applied to create or capture visuals and audio when using standard packages and equipment.
K17: Where to source, adapt and edit content from.
K18: How to organise, structure and label content effectively, methodically and securely to enable efficient search and retrieval.
K19: How web pages are published and how the content can be optimised to ensure high rankings in search engine results.
K20: The importance of clearly articulating requirements and how this can influence priorities for a campaign.
K21: How communication styles can be adapted to suit different audiences.
K22: How to plan content delivery against the schedule.
K23: The principles for creating an effective campaign with measurable outcomes.
K24: The principles of mapping user journeys to ensure content is focused on maximising engagement.
K25: Ways/methods of engaging with audiences, how to respond to evolving situations, recognise potential threats/issues and when to escalate these.
K26: How to evaluate the success of the campaign against the objectives using available data.
K27: How to keep up to date with existing and evolving content tools, platforms, trends and talent.
K28: Approaches to managing and marketing own skills and services.
K29: The culture of the organisation in which they are working, the commercial pressures, project deadlines and organisational working practices.
K30: How the structures, regulation and funding of organisations affects creative media activities.
S1: Interpret the aims of the brief.
S2: Research ideas and concepts to meet the brief.
S3: Evaluate brand requirements and brand guidelines.
S4: Prepare a mood board or other visual aid for the content to be created.
S5: Present ideas, pitches and proposals for creative content to be further developed.
S6: Storyboard and outline script their ideas for content to be developed.
S7: Interpret data, consider its integrity and use it to inform content.
S8: Develop accessible written content for different platforms and devices.
S9: Apply best practice and inclusive language when creating content.
S10: Write and edit copy or scripts for use on different channels and platforms.
S11: Create or capture visuals and audio using standard packages and equipment.
S12: Source, obtain and prepare media assets for use; using industry standard packages to adapt and edit content.
S13: Use industry standard tools and content management systems to organise, structure and label content effectively, methodically and securely enabling efficient search and retrieval.
S14: Identify and recommend the platform/s or channel/s to use for the media campaign.
S15: Develop and maintain effective working relationships with clients, colleagues and suppliers, establishing and using professional contacts.
S16: Engage and respond with audiences through social media, adapting content to respond to evolving circumstances.
S17: Monitor user experience to ensure content is focused on maximising engagement.
S18: Analyse the differences between audiences using audience segmentation techniques and data.
S19: Use lessons learned to evaluate the success of the content and identify areas for improvement for future campaigns.
S20: Use continuing professional development planning to support own current and future training and development needs.
S21: Operate effectively within the production workflow to meet production timelines.
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