How to become a rap workshop leader: Jaidon's story

Meet Jaidon, 23, from London to find out more about life as a rap workshop leader and a youth ambassador. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

As I started to listen to rap more closely, I started to notice that people were telling stories.

  • During Jaidon's finance apprenticeship he realised accounting wasn’t for him

  • Combining the skills he learnt in his finance apprenticeship with his passion for rap, he set up his own business running rap workshops for businesses, youth clubs, pupil referral units and outreach groups

  • He has a day job as a youth ambassador for his local council and is hoping to grow his rap workshop business further.

Jaidon's career path

The role of a rap workshop leader could come under the umbrella of a community arts worker

  • Community arts worker salary: £16,000 to £28,000 per year
  • Community arts worker working hours: Variable per week

What qualifications do you need to be a community arts worker?

  • Typical entry requirements: You'll usually need qualifications or experience in a specialist area of the arts like music, visual arts, dance, drama, music, or creative writing. Paid or unpaid work experience in education, or event or project management would be helpful. You'll need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to work with young people or vulnerable adults.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

Discover more on the Prospects website about the role of a community arts worker.

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