Community Arts (England)

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Framework ID: FR00627
Issue number: 3
Issued: 10 May 2011

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Community Arts (England)
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Creative and Cultural Skills

Contact name: Dearbhaile Church
Telephone number: 0207 0151809
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Community Arts helps to enrich the lives of local communities by planning, promoting and running participatory events, exhibitions and projects to engage individuals and groups of all ages.

The creative and cultural sector is experiencing a number of challenges which need to be addressed if businesses are to attract new talent into the industry and to replace those who leave or retire:

  • over half of employers have recruitment issues because applicants lack experience, and about a quarter say that applicants lack the right specialist skills for the job
  • companies often recruit from the rich over-supply of general arts graduates and miss out on the wider pool of talent available from other areas of study or those without formal qualifications
  • the future workforce is composed of a large pool of ‘qualified’ potential recruits who do not have the specific ‘associate professional and technical’ skills that nearly half of jobs require – these are the jobs where there is predicted growth over the next seven years.
  • skills gaps in the current workforce can lead to existing business being lost through poor delivery or impossible pressure on the workforce and they need to find time for and finance training
  • skills gaps include ICT, Marketing/Advertising and PR, Technical Skills, Business Development, Administration, Finance and Accounting, Digital Skills, Sales and Management
  • management skills are required to manage complex creative organisations often ‘not for profit’, or with complicated stakeholder managements (e.g. subsidy, LA, sponsorship) and a need for progression pathways to enable staff to progress quickly from practitioner, supervisor, manager and to CEO.
  • the industry is predominantly young and white; nearly 50% of the workforce is under 40 years of age, and evidence suggests that people drop out of the sector in significant numbers in their thirties and forties
  • the availability of finance and the ability to support investment in skills is key to the development and growth of the industry. 92% of creative and cultural organisations are micro-businesses (employing less than 10 people) and ensuring sufficient finance is in place to support all aspects of the business can be challenging.
  • the consequence of a potential workforce that is highly qualified but skills deficient, is that businesses and employees in the industry, and those wanting to work in the industry require re-skilling in specific areas to be adequately prepared for work, or to increase productivity for the sector itself. Funding for second level 3 or 4 qualifications is not always possible, and thus the cost of such training falls either on the individual or the business providing the training.
  • this can be a huge burden on businesses in the industry as they are generally small and – more than the UK as a whole – are likely to be self-employed or freelancers. This can put great strain on the ability for businesses to fund and provide training for their staff.

 Amongst the future skills needs for the creative and cultural sector are:

  • Administrative skills
  • Business skills
  • Creative expertise
  • Digital skills
  • Finance/ accounting
  • Foreign language skills
  • Freelance Skills
  • Fundraising
  • ICT skills
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Online skills
  • Teaching skills

Employers are keen to increase the level of work based learning in order to change the culture of graduate recruitment to the Industry. They have helped to design the qualifications in this Level 2 and 3 Apprenticeship programme to ensure that it meets their current and future skills needs and at the same time, meet the requirements of the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England.

Intermediate Level Apprentices will train as Community Arts Admninistration Assistants helping to organise and publicise events and exhibitions, assisting with financial record keeping, customer care, dealing with touring and resident groups bands/orchestras, assisting with the management of the building and general office work including using a range of IT software.

Advanced level Apprentices will train as Community Arts Administrators responsible for assisting with the efficient running of the organisation, to ensure that the local community benefits from a range of arts programmes. This includes assisting with the recruitment of administrators, artist services, maintenance and security, external relationship management and book keeping. 

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