Guidance, insights and evidence to help us build an inclusive and diverse workforce.

Resources & research

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Episode 5 – Volunteering in the arts – the fine line

Volunteering is a long-established practice in many cultural organisations, and there are numerous reasons that can motivate someone to volunteer – often social or altruistic reasons. It can build confidence and introduce skills to help people make the next step into paid employment. But are organisations in the creative and cultural industries doing enough to support this type of volunteer?

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A Manager’s Guide to Apprenticeships

If you’ve just taken on your first apprentice, or are about to, we hope this guide will help you navigate the sometimes complex world of apprenticeships, and give you the basic tools to help your apprentice grow and perform to the best of their ability.

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Best Practice Recruitment Guide for Creative Leaders

Designed to support employers to understand what diversity and inclusivity really mean, and the moral, social and legal implications of truly embracing these.

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Working with the Self-Employed: A Best Practice Guide for Businesses

This guide provides an overview of the responsibilities and distinctions of working with freelancers and is a tool to encourage objective assessment of an organisation’s current understanding and approach when working with the self-employed.

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A Best Practice Guide to Apprenticeships, Internships and Volunteering

This guide will take businesses through the various steps to understand the differences between apprentices, internships and volunteers and how they can recruit them in a responsible, ethical way.

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Episode 4 – What’s stopping the sector from being more diverse?

Despite being a dynamic and responsive sector in many ways, the creative and cultural industries still rate poorly for both ethnic and social diversity, even at entry-level. What is stopping the sector from better representing the wider working population and its own audiences?

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Changing history: Diversifying the museum workforce

An online panel discussion from Creative & Cultural Skills and Rising Arts Agency, recorded in November 2021

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Episode 3 – Apprenticeships work for other sectors, do they work for ours?

Apprenticeships, a tool to develop much-needed occupational competence, can play a vital role in widening entry routes into the creative and cultural sector thus diversifying its workforce. If entry routes into the cultural sector should be available for all those with talent, why does the sector not make better use of Apprenticeships, which address both skills gaps in the sector and open employment opportunities to a greater section of society?

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Episode 2 – In a sector under pressure, will freelancers suffer or thrive?

In a sector rocked by the pandemic, freelance workers have been hit hard without the structure or financial support of an organisation. This multiskilled, resourceful, creative, passionate, adaptable, and dynamic workforce represents a third of the creative industries, yet they have felt completely abandoned by the sector they have worked so hard to build. So what happens now that the sector is starting to return to ‘normal’, is ‘normal’ good enough?

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Episode 1 – Class prejudice in the cultural sector – has pandemic has made it worse?

With the pandemic having a disproportionately negative effect on young people trying to build careers in the creative industries, has an already-established prejudice against hiring from disadvantaged backgrounds become even worse?

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Social mobility in the creative economy: Rebuilding and levelling up?

The research is part of a three-year programme, led by the Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre, working in partnership with the Social Mobility Commission and Creative Industries Federation, exploring class in the Creative Industries.

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Building a Creative Nation – Current and Future Skills Needs

Published in 2018, this report explores the skills that are key to sustaining the growth of the creative and cultural industries, and addresses the current gaps and shortages that are a priority to ensuring the sector continues to thrive.

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