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Fair Access Sector Support Northern Ireland



Date Posted: September 24, 2021

Creative & Cultural Skills, the UK-wide agency working to support a skilled, accessible and fair cultural sector, has partnered with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to help strengthen the workforce and open up access to jobs, through a programme of free training.

The training has been tailored specifically for Northern Ireland’s cultural sector and is designed to empower employers to adopt inclusive and lawful recruitment practices to support sector growth and develop a more diverse range of talent.

Sessions will take place online between September 2021 – March 2022 and will be led by Sarah Jones, Creative & Cultural Skills’ Head of Partnerships in Northern Ireland, alongside its UK-wide team. The following sessions are currently available to book and further dates and details of 1:1 support service will be released later this month:

A Best Practice Guide to Recruitment
We’ll take employers through the various steps of inclusive and diverse recruitment practices, from understanding the different work-based entry routes into the sector and their basic legalities, to recognising unconscious bias and putting steps in place to improve workforce recruitment within your own organisation.
Duration: 3 hours, with breaks
Next session: Thursday 30th September, 10am – 1pm

Working with Freelancers
We’ll guide employers through the legal boundaries of working with the self-employed, from understanding the definition of a freelancer and the benefits and risks to your business when working with them, to realising what you as the hiring business are responsible for.
Duration: 90 mins, including a short break
Next session: Tuesday 5th October, 2pm – 3.30pm

Understanding Volunteering
We’ll help employers ensure they have all the basics covered for understanding the conditions that describe genuine volunteering, as opposed to unpaid work, and how this route can be positioned as a step into paid employment.
Duration: 90 mins, including a short break
Next session: Thursday 14th October, 10am – 11.30am

Introducing a Workforce Recruitment Policy
We’ll support employers to create and implement a meaningful policy that encourages them to actively consider the different entry routes they use and why and realise the recruitment approaches and commitments they will make as a company, with diversity and inclusion at the heart.
Duration: 90 mins, including a short break
Next session: Tuesday 19th October, 2pm – 3.30pm

Introduction to Apprenticeships
An information session for employers who are considering taking on apprentices for the first time and want to understand more about this entry route, how they work and the practical steps to introducing them to your organisation.
Duration: 90 mins, including a short break
Next session: Thursday 25th November, 10am – 11.30am

A Manager’s Guide to Apprenticeships
Designed to support those who are new to managing apprentices and are looking to take on their first apprentice. It covers what apprentices are and why they’re important, open recruitment, working with those who are new to the world of work, safeguarding/pastoral care and working with training providers.
Duration: 3 hours, with breaks
Next session: Tuesday 25th January, 10am – 1pm

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