We are developing a series of digital training sessions. Delivered online, these will to educate and empower individuals to adopt inclusive and lawful recruitment practices that will support growth in the sector and develop a more diverse range of talent.

A Best Practice Guide to Recruitment

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 development 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)


Introduction to Apprenticeships

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 it is for, and how it is delivered
  • Why apprenticeships are important, addressing skills gaps, supporting growth, tacking poor recruitment cultures and placing as much value on technical training as we do for academic learning.
  • Understanding and working with Apprenticeship Standards
  • How the Apprenticeship Levy works and how your organisation can access it
  • Working with the Apprenticeship Service


A Manager’s Guide to Apprenticeships

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 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 - induction, 1:1s, safeguarding for apprentices, and how to work with training providers including quality indicators

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.


Understanding Volunteering

Volunteers are a vital part of our sector, but many organisations have still not fully grasped their obligations to their volunteers, or the expectations they should meet.

We want to help you ensure that you have all the bases 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 attract people to be volunteers
  • Volunteering best practice, including an induction, dedicated supervisor, adequate training, ongoing support, an agreed period of time, and reimbursement of legitimate expenses
  • How to draw up a Volunteer Agreement and what it should contain
  • What is a Volunteer Worker, and what rules apply


Introducing a workforce development policy

This session concentrates on helping employers introduce a meaningful workforce development 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.


Working with Freelancers

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
  • What defines freelancing?
  • What freelancers are responsible for
  • What the hiring business is responsible for
  • How to distinguish between freelancing and fixed-term employment

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