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.

Free training in England

Thanks to the support of Arts Council England, cultural sector employers in England can access our series of training sessions and 1:1 support free of charge.

Upcoming sessions and dates:

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

Thursday 9th June, 10am – 11.30am

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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

Tuesday 5th July, 10am – 1pm

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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

Tuesday 12th July, 10am – 1pm 

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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

Wednesday 10th August, 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

Thursday 8th September, 10am – 11.30am

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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

New dates to be announced soon

Advice Clinic

Alongside our training sessions, we also offer informal Advice Clinics on the first Tuesday of every month between 2pm – 3:30pm. Please contact us at info@ccskills.org.uk to book a free thirty-minute session with one of our Partnership Managers.

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.

This training programme has been supported by Arts Council England and consequently is only available to organisations based in England. Northern Ireland-based organisations can access our Arts Council England of Northern Ireland funded programme here and Scotland-based organisations can access the Creative Scotland funded programme here.