Diversity and inclusion, why are we still talking about it?

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Creative & Cultural Skills launch a new Best Practice Recruitment Guide for Creative Leaders on behalf of the Creative Careers Programme.

There have been many initiatives over the years that have focused on encouraging employers to diversify their workforce. Despite this, the sector’s diversity remains largely unchanged, still failing to be representative of the wider working population or the communities that it works to serve and engage.

Whilst many of us have diversity action plans designed to change our organisation’s approach, we know that these alone don’t bring about change, only the people in our organisations can do this.

This is why Creative & Cultural Skills, on behalf of the Creative Careers Programme, has launched a new Best Practice Recruitment Guide for Creative Leaders – download the Guidance here

The Best Practice Recruitment Guide for Creative Leaders has been designed to help employers reflect on how they might currently approach recruitment and offers simple steps that could help a business reach beyond the norm. We’d like to support employers to understand what diversity and inclusivity really mean, and the moral, social and legal implications of truly embracing these.

Our guide also aims to help employers recognise both the practical and legal difference between the various work experience and employment routes used by the Creative Industries.

‘I found this session really interesting and engaging… The information I learnt will shape how we recruit in future.’ Oriana Franceschi, Sheffield Creative Guild


We’d like this guidance to mark a real step-change in this conversation, to move away from diversity and inclusion being a tick box exercise and to nurture an approach that embraces and values difference in all its guises. As we've launched the Guide, we've hosted sessions up and down the country for Creative Leaders to attend .

About the Creative Careers Programme:
The Best Practice Recruitment Guide has been created as part of the DCMS-funded Creative Careers Programme, an integrated industry-led programme of activity across England that is working to ensure there is a larger and more diverse intake of talent and a broader range of routes into the creative industries, a commitment of the Creative Industries Sector Deal. Find out more.

Content in the Best Practice Recruitment Guide for Creative Leaders has been supported by Counterculture Partnership LLP.

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