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Creative Access’ comprehensive training programmes, delivered by a highly experienced team, enable existing and new employees to thrive in a diverse and inclusive workplace.
Who does our training?
All our sessions are led by highly experienced DE&I trainers, who have held senior posts in the cultural and creative industries. Our mental health and neurodiversity training is run by clinical psychologists and our legal training by a lawyer with expertise in equalities law.
What training do we offer?
Creative Access offers progressive training programmes to help employers become more inclusive and employees access their full potential – from bespoke annual training programmes, to dedicated sessions on a particular topic, to open workshops. Enquire about training here.
Entry programme – Enable your new joiners to make the most of the opportunity in your workplace and ensure they thrive.
Development programme – Champion your mid to senior level team members to progress through the creative industries. This programme has three elements; mentoring, networking and training for emerging leaders.
We cover courses across the following different areas are happy to deliver others that you have a particular requirement for:
Introductory workshops: Introduction to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; Successful allyship; Conscious Inclusion (or Unconscious Bias)
Inclusive recruitment series: Inclusive recruitment; Inclusive talent management; Inclusivity training for line managers
Focus on behaviours: Eliminating micro-aggressions; Imposter syndrome; Owning mistakes
Focus on protected characteristics: Understanding gender bias; Age in the workplace; Race in the workplace and anti-racism; Let’s talk about class; Menopause at work; Disability 101
Leadership courses: Managing Diverse Teams; Inclusive leadership
Legal training: The Equality Act and Positive Action; Gender identity and trans-inclusion in the workplace
Mental health and wellbeing workshops: Embracing neurodiversity; Work-life balance; Building resilience; Introduction to mental health (cultivating empathetic conversations about wellbeing at work)
Creative Access is the leading diversity recruiter with an unrivalled network of talented candidates from under-represented groups.
We provide employers with access to our 60,000 strong community of talented candidates. This network continuously grows thanks to our active social media communities and partnerships with colleges, universities and youth and arts organisations across the UK.
We recruit exceptional candidates for paid internships, which are ring-fenced as Positive Action schemes for those from communities under-represented in the creative industries.
We provide each intern with a full support programme to ensure they thrive. This includes rigorous induction and training, monthly masterclasses, mental health and wellbeing support and a former Creative Access intern ‘buddy’. This programme is also open to people who have not been hired via Creative Access.
Entry, mid and senior level recruitment
Our recruiters take a more progressive and creative approach to search. They have strong networks of candidates from under-represented groups, many part of the Creative Access community since their first internship.
They work with employers to review all applicants, conduct first interviews and provide a shortlist. All successful candidates join the Creative Access Development programme to support emerging leaders. You can also register for team members to join this programme who were not hired through Creative Access.
The Creative Access Opportunities Board
Our opportunities board gives our employer partners more scope to showcase their people, creative difference and values through:
- Niche and specialist marketing – to a key target demographic of individuals from communities that are historically under-represented within the sector
- Enhanced employer profile pages – a mini webpage through which you can present video, imagery and text
- Sponsored job listings – highlighted jobs that remain at the top of the listings so they are always seen
- Opportunity alerting – your opportunities sent direct to candidates whose preferences match your roles
- Advertising banners – promote events, competitions or highlight really special roles to the thousands of candidates who visit Creative Access website every week
- Sponsored key-words – choose the words or phrases that candidates search for and make your roles stand out above the rest
Research shows that people from under-represented backgrounds who advance the furthest in their careers all share one characteristic: a strong network who nurture their professional development.
Creative Access has an innovative approach to mentoring based on learnings from our multiple highly successful mentoring programmes. These include our own alumni programme, bespoke schemes with employer partners and partnerships with universities across the UK.
Mentoring relationships should be reciprocal. Mentees benefit from increased knowledge of the sector, improved confidence and new networks, as well as access to the wider Creative Access offer. Mentors benefit from training to best support aspiring and early career professionals, exposure to new talent and support the next generation in bringing new ideas and energy to the creative economy.
How to become a mentor
There are no criteria for the mentors, just as long as you have lots of advice and are willing to commit to spending an hour every month for six months with your mentee. We will provide you with guidance and you’ll be supported throughout the process.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor please follow this link and we will do our best to match you as soon as possible on one of our programmes. Anyone wishing to be mentored should keep an eye on our opportunities page to apply.
Mo Siewcharran Fund
In 2018, Mo Siewcharran’s husband, John Seaton, launched a memorial fund to support internships for young talent from ethnicities that are under-represented in the theatre, publishing and music industries. The Fund contributes to the salary for a six-month traineeship and a full programme of support is provided by Creative Access.
You can read about the full impact of the Fund in the report here.
The Fund is once again open for theatre, publishing and music organisations wishing to support internships for those from under-represented communities. Those interested in applying should contact [email protected] by 1st July 2022.
Career Development Bursary
Creative Access research shows that 77% of people in the creative industries have not applied for a role and a third have turned down a role due to financial obstacles, such as re-locating, living and commuting costs.
We work with partners to create schemes to help eligible candidates overcome these financial barriers to career progression.
We have recently worked with McLaren Racing to develop a Career Development Bursary to fund training courses, software, equipment and relocation costs, as well as disability access support, care costs and bespoke coaching or mentoring. The Bursary received over 200 applications and received widespread media coverage including:
If you are interested in partnering with us to create a bursary to provide financial support, please contact us at: [email protected]
“This bursary means I’ve been given a chance, by providing me with equipment I would not otherwise to have access to. For this, I’m so grateful, and excited to start on my journey in filmmaking.”
Aisha, an aspiring filmmaker from Edinburgh
See our resources for employers
Creating an effective virtual mentoring partnership
How to host a remote internship
How to virtually onboard your new starter
How to write an inclusive job advert
Improving understanding of racial justice – educational resources
Why stating the salary puts your organisation at a competitive advantage
Find out the impact of our partnerships
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