Here at CCSkills we are proud to deliver a series of training sessions designed to educate and empower cultural sector employers to adopt inclusive and lawful recruitment practices which both support sector growth and develop a more diverse range of talent.
Our training sessions can be delivered digitally, or in person and cover the following topics:

  • A Best Practice Guide to Recruitment
  • Introduction to Apprenticeships
  • A Manager’s Guide to Apprenticeships
  • Understanding Volunteering
  • Working with Freelancers
  • Introducing a Workforce Recruitment Policy

We also offer bespoke one-to-one employer support (digitally or in person) along with a range of guidance documents related to the above topics (which can be found in our Knowledge Centre).

Read on for more information and for details of how to book a training session or receive our 1:1 employer support.

Training Sessions

Thanks to the support of Arts Council England we are able to offer all of the above training sessions and 1:1 support free of charge to cultural sector employers in England.

If you are not based in England but wish to discuss receiving any of our training sessions at cost, please contact [email protected] and we'll be happy to help.

A Best Practice Guide to Recruitment

SOLD OUT: 26 July 2021
Book now: 11 January 2022

Whilst many organisations have diversity action plans, these alone do not bring about change. Only the people in our organisations can really do this.

We want to help employers introduce changes by shifting the way we approach recruitment and how we might use different entry routes to help us open our doors to a much wider pool of talent, and in doing so support social mobility.

This session is focused on helping leaders* understand recruiting for potential and works to cover:

  • The difference between diversity and inclusion
  • The definition of different work-based entry routes into the sector including Work Experience, Industry Placements, Internships, Apprenticeships, Volunteering and Voluntary Workers
  • The basic legalities associated with each and how understanding the legalities can help improve diversity and inclusion
  • Making a job description more inclusive and understanding the difference between positive action and positive discrimination
  • Introducing a workforce recruitment policy

* Anyone in an organisation that makes decisions regarding recruitment.

Here’s what some of those attending this session have had to say:
‘I found this session really interesting and engaging… The information I learnt will shape how we recruit in future. We don't currently use interns or volunteers but if we have need for either in future then this session has given me a really good overview of the legalities and best practice of doing so.’
Oriana Franceschi, Programme Manager at Sheffield Creative Guild

'The session usefully removes the naval gazing of many unconscious bias trainings and instead goes straight to practical and legally sound approaches to change and to committing to diversity and inclusion through actual organizational behaviour'
(Name and Organisation withheld by request)

This session lasts for 3 hours (including breaks). It can accommodate up to 30 delegates and is accompanied by a Best Practice Recruitment Guide for Creative Leaders.

To register for one of our open to all digital Best Practice Guide to Recruitment sessions, please visit our Eventbrite booking page. For bespoke and/or employer specific sessions, please email [email protected] and your regional Partnership Managers will be happy to contact you to discuss your requirements.

 

Introduction to Apprenticeships

Book now: 17 August 2021
Book now: 9 February 2022

There are still myths and inaccuracies regarding apprenticeships, especially in sectors where they are still relatively new. They may appear complex and daunting at first, but can be exceptionally rewarding and beneficial, for both employer and apprentice.

This is an information session for employers who want to understand more about this route and how apprenticeships work. It will give you a solid foundation to understanding apprenticeships, with practical steps to introducing them to your organisation. It will cover:

  • The basics of what an apprenticeship is, who they are for, and how they are delivered
  • Why apprenticeships are important
  • Understanding and working with Apprenticeship Standards / Frameworks
  • How the Apprenticeship Levy works
  • Working with the Apprenticeship Service (England only)

This session lasts for 90 minutes (including breaks). It can accommodate up to 30 delegates and is accompanied by a Manager's Guide to Apprenticeships.

To register for one of our open to all digital Introduction to Apprenticeships sessions, please visit our Eventbrite booking page. For bespoke and/or employer specific sessions, please email [email protected] and your regional Partnership Managers will be happy to contact you to discuss your requirements.

 

A Manager’s Guide to Apprenticeships

Book now: 7 October 2021

Managers who are new to apprenticeships may have lots of questions about them. Our session is for those who are new to managing apprentices, or those who would like to refresh their understanding:

  • Understanding apprenticeships - what they are/aren't, the responsibilities of the employer versus the training provider, apprenticeship standards / Frameworks and how to select the most appropriate one for your role
  • Recruiting apprentices - things to consider when reaching out to those who may be new to the world of work: job descriptions, shortlisting, best practice approaches to recruitment and interview
  • Working with young people, safeguarding, and working with training providers

Please note that whilst the content of our training is relevant for anyone who is new to employing and/or managing apprentices, our session includes content that is more focused on how to support new entrants through apprenticeships, rather than using apprenticeships to up-skill existing staff.

"Arts Council England has been developing its apprenticeship offer over the last 12 months and in order to prepare for the start of our new apprentices we put a cohort of managers through Creative & Cultural Skills' training. The structure of the session and its content guided us through the process for recruiting, supporting and managing apprentices, and helped us better understand things we could be doing differently to help us reach out to more diverse candidates.

"The session also helped us learn about managing relationships with training providers. As a result of this training we are now committed to offering this to all our apprenticeship managers, as it provides a good foundation for effectively recruiting, supporting and managing apprentices and engaging with training providers."
Alex Howard, HR Partner and Projects Manager, Arts Council England.

This session runs for 3 hours (including breaks), accommodating up to 30 delegates per session. This is accompanied by a Manager's Guide to Apprenticeships.

To register for one of our open to all digital Manager's Guide to Apprenticeships sessions, please visit our Eventbrite booking page. For bespoke and/or employer specific sessions, please email [email protected] and your regional Partnership Managers will be happy to contact you to discuss your requirements.

 

Understanding Volunteering

Book now: 26 November 2021

Volunteers are a vital part of our sector, but some organisations have still not fully grasped their obligations to their volunteers.

We want to help ensure you 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.

In this 90-minute session, including open Q&A, we work through:

  • An exploration of why people volunteer, and why employers offer volunteering opportunities
  • How you can use your volunteering opportunities to aid diversity and inclusion
  • Volunteering best practice, including induction, supervision and training, and reimbursement of legitimate expenses
  • Volunteer Agreements
  • What a Voluntary Worker is and the rules that apply to this type of volunteer

This session lasts for 90 minutes (including breaks). It can accommodate up to 30 delegates and is accompanied by A Best Practice Guide to Apprenticeships, Internships and Volunteering.

To register for one of our open to all digital Understanding Volunteering sessions, please visit our Eventbrite booking page. For bespoke and/or employer specific sessions, please email [email protected] and your regional Partnership Managers will be happy to contact you to discuss your requirements.

 

Working with Freelancers

Book now: 20 December 2021

Freelancers, or self-employed contractors, are an important part of the sector. It’s important for any organisation to properly understand the responsibilities and distinctions of working with freelancers. Getting this wrong puts your business at risk and may perpetuate poor practices.

This session works to help employers understand what constitutes sound practices for working with freelancers, including:

  • Understanding freelancing, and why it matters: the risks to your business, and what individuals may be missing out on if you get this wrong
  • What defines freelancing
  • What freelancers are responsible for
  • What the hiring business is responsible for
  • How to distinguish between freelancing and fixed-term employment

This session runs for 90 minutes. It can accommodate up to 30 delegates and is accompanied by a guide to Working with the Self-Employed.

To register for one of our open to all digital Working with Freelancers sessions, please visit our Eventbrite booking page. For bespoke and/or employer specific sessions, please email [email protected] and your regional Partnership Managers will be happy to contact you to discuss your requirements.

 

Introducing a Workforce Recruitment Policy

Book now: 15 September 2021
Book now: 10 March 2022

This session concentrates on helping employers introduce a meaningful workforce recruitment policy, encouraging them to actively consider the different entry routes they use, what they want to use these routes to do and the recruitment approaches and commitments they will make as company, with diversity and inclusion at the heart.

This session takes a deeper dive into introducing a workforce recruitment policy, building on where our Best Practice Guide to Recruitment session ends. Whilst it is not essential to have attended our Best Practice Guide to Recruitment training beforehand, it may help you get the most out of this session if you do.

This session runs for 90 minutes. It can accommodate up to 30 delegates per session and is accompanied by Best Practice Recruitment Guide for Creative Leaders

To register for one of our open to all digital Introducing a Workforce Recruitment Policy sessions, please visit our Eventbrite booking page. For bespoke and/or employer specific sessions, please email [email protected] and your regional Partnership Managers will be happy to contact you to discuss your requirements.

Advice Clinics

Starting in August 2021 we will also offer informal Advice Clinics on the first Tuesday of every month between 2pm - 3:30pm. Please contact us at [email protected] to book a free thirty-minute session with one of our Partnership Managers.

How To Book

If you would like to take part any (or all!) of our training sessions or receive a more bespoke package of 1:1 employer support, please contact us at [email protected] and one of our Partnership Managers will be happy to get in touch to discuss your requirements and recommend the best solution for you.

Alternatively, you can visit our Eventbrite booking platform to register for one of our Open to All digital sessions.

If you have particular access requirements, please contact [email protected] after you have booked to discuss these.

Who Can Book

Thanks to the support of Arts Council England we are able to offer all of the above training sessions and 1:1 support free of charge to cultural sector employers in England.

Although we are in the process of exploring funding options to be able to replicate this offer in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, currently delivery of the above training sessions and 1:1 support is restricted to England only.

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