Cultural sector employers in Northern Ireland can now access our series of training sessions and 1:1 support free of charge, thanks to funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s National Lottery fund.

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Based on our core package of Fair Access Sector Support and tailored specifically for Northern Ireland’s cultural sector, the training is designed to empower employers to adopt inclusive and lawful recruitment practices which both support sector growth and develop a more diverse range of talent.

Online sessions will take place between September 2021 – March 2022 and will be led by Sarah Jones, our Head of Partnerships in Northern Ireland, alongside our UK-wide team. We’ll also be offering 1:1 support and guidance sessions, where we can provide bespoke advice around the topics covered.

Our sessions cover:

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
Find out more about the session and book your free space via Eventbrite

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
Find out more about the session and book your free space via Eventbrite

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
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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
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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
Find out more about the session and book your free space via Eventbrite

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
Find out more about the session and book your free space via Eventbrite

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This training programme has been supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s National Lottery fund and consequently is only available to organisations based in Northern Ireland. England-based organisations can access our Arts Council England programme here. We are currently exploring funding options to make this available in Scotland and Wales.

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