We’ve partnered with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to help strengthen the workforce and open up access to jobs, through a programme of free training.

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) is supporting a range of sessions and workshops for creative and cultural businesses throughout Northern Ireland, that will offer free expert advice and help a wider range of talent into the creative workforce. The investment comes at a crucial time for the sector, which was hit harder than most by Covid-19.

Nearly two-thirds of jobs in museums, galleries and libraries, and almost half of the jobs in music, theatre and visual arts, were considered vulnerable at the height of the pandemic. This investment from ACNI, supported by National Lottery funding, will pave the way for a more inclusive and diverse recovery and help ensure the creative and cultural industries in Northern Ireland can ‘build back fairer’.

“We are absolutely delighted that the Arts Council of Northern Ireland has given us the opportunity to work with creative and cultural businesses throughout the country. Flourishing creative industries are crucial to economic and social well-being, and a vital part of the visitor experience here. After the toughest of times, our mission is to help Northern Ireland’s renowned cultural sector develop the workforce it needs to thrive far into the future – removing barriers to entry, bringing in new generations of talent, and creating fair and sustainable career opportunities for those who are currently furthest from the workplace.”
Creative & Cultural Skills Chief Executive, Jane Ide OBE

The training will address legal issues, and diverse, fair recruitment practices — including specific guidance on working with the self-employed, who represented approximately 80% of the workforce pre-pandemic.

The programme will also outline potential benefits and practicalities of creative apprenticeships, a tool to develop much-needed occupational competence that can play a vital role in widening entry routes and ensuring there are opportunities for local talent to develop and grow within Northern Ireland’s creative and cultural sector.

“Working with Creative and Cultural skills, we are very pleased to announce these new training and professional development opportunities for cultural businesses. The impact of the pandemic is still being felt right across the creative sector and it’s vital that we do everything we can to help cultural businesses as they return to build a strong, fair and inclusive workforce. This programme will provide practical help and training, skilling up creative businesses and helping to carve out new and inclusive career pathways.”
Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

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Supported by funding from the National Lottery via the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI)