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.

About our Fair Access Support

Our Fair Access Sector Support Programme is designed to inform, educate and empower the creative and cultural sector to adopt inclusive and lawful recruitment practices that support the development and inclusion of a more diverse range of talent across the sector and make better use of different work-based entry routes, alongside creating opportunities for young people to learn about the real jobs in our sector and make the step into meaningful employment within it.

This in turn benefits not only the cultural sector itself in terms of building resilience and sustainability, but also the communities and audiences it exists to serve and entertain.

Through a series of training sessions, digital guidance and ongoing 1:1 support, our programme includes demonstrating how Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion can be beneficial to employers and associated stakeholders in the sector, practical advice and guidance regarding entry routes that support enhanced diversity in the sector, and any relevant legal and best practice considerations regarding these entry routes.

Thanks to funding from Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, we're pleased to be able to offer this training free of charge to employers within those nations. We are currently exploring funding opportunities to make this available in Wales.

Our sessions cover the following topics:

A Best Practice Guide to Recruitment

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 employers 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

This session is accompanied by a Best Practice Guide to Recruitment digital resource.

download Best Practice Recruitment Guide for Creative Leaders

Introduction to Apprenticeships

This is an information session for employers who want to understand more about apprenticeships and how they 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

This session is accompanied by a Manager's Guide to Apprenticeships digital resource.

download A Manager's Guide to Apprenticeships

A Manager's Guide to Apprenticeships

This session is for those who are new to managing apprentices, or those who would like to refresh their understanding. It covers:

  • 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

This session is accompanied by a Manager's Guide to Apprenticeships digital resource.

download A Manager's Guide to Apprenticeships

Understanding Volunteering

This session will 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. It covers:

  • 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 is accompanied by a Best Practice Guide to Apprenticeships, Internships and Volunteering digital resource.

download Best Practice Guide to Apprenticeships, Internships and Volunteering.

Working with Freelancers

This session works to help employers understand what constitutes sound practices for working with freelancers. It covers:

  • 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 is accompanied by a Working with the Self-Employed digital resource.

Download Working with the Self-Employed resource

Introducing a Workforce Recruitment Policy

This session focuses 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 a company, with diversity and inclusion at the heart.

This training builds on where our Best Practice Guide to Recruitment session ends, so you may find it beneficial to attend that one beforehand.

This session is accompanied by a Best Practice Recruitment Guide for Creative Leaders digital resource.

download Best Practice Recruitment Guide for Creative Leaders
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Bespoke training packages

If you would like to receive a bespoke package of 1:1 employer support for your organisation, please contact us at info@ccskills.org.uk and one of our Partnership Managers will be happy to get in touch to discuss your requirements and recommend the best solution for you.