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.

Free training in Northern Ireland

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.

We’re also offering 1:1 support through our Advice Clinic, where we can provide bespoke guidance around the topics covered in the sessions. Please contact info@ccskills.org.uk to book a free 30 minute chat.

Our sessions cover:

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

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

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

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

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

Advice Clinic

We also offer 1:1 support through our Advice Clinic, where we can provide bespoke guidance around the topics covered in the sessions. Please contact info@ccskills.org.uk to book a free 30 minute chat.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery funded logo

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 and Scotland-based organisations can access the Creative Scotland funded programme here.