Arts Council England partner with the Clear Company to develop a Recruitment and Workforce Development toolkit

Arts Council England have reinforced their commitment to inclusive workplace practices by partnering with the Clear Company – recognised leaders of Diversity and Inclusion insight, training and technology in the UK – to launch an online Recruitment and Workforce Development Toolkit.  The Toolkit will support and accelerate the positive changes already taking place in arts and cultural organisations, to help support them reflect their communities more closely by building inclusive workplaces and recruiting and retaining diverse talent.

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Recognising the importance of arts organisations, museums, and libraries reflecting the full range of backgrounds and perspectives of their audiences, visitors and communities, a bespoke Arts Council England version of the Clear Company’s Diversity and Inclusion HR software – Clear Assured – has been developed. The Clear Company undertook significant research into the specific requirements and challenges around inclusive recruitment and talent management in the arts and cultural sector, to provide the most up-to-date and relevant content and guidance.

While Arts Council England’s regularly funded organisations will be encouraged to make use of this resource, all arts and cultural organisation are welcome to sign up to use the platform. The Toolkit is effective for both small and large organisations at all stages in their inclusion journey.  Rather than creating additional work, the software builds initiatives into day-to-day processes, ensuring efforts are spent on activity with proven benefit.  In this way change is continually embedded without reliance on heavy expense or resources.

Abid Hussain, Director of Diversity at Arts Council England commented: “We want arts and cultural organisations to fully reflect the communities they serve; recruiting, retaining and providing career development pathways for diverse talent and fostering inclusive workplaces is a significant part of achieving this aim. I hope organisations across our National Portfolio, and the wider arts and cultural sector, can make full use of the resources and support provided on the platform to drive positive and sustainable change.”

Jen Davidson, Managing Consultant and Clear Assured lead commented: “This was a competitive tender and we are delighted to have been appointed by Arts Council England.  This toolkit represents a serious commitment to a diverse, innovative arts and cultural sector. By enabling each organisation to choose their own journey it provides bespoke direction and support for busy teams leading to consistent progress and achievement.”

Organisations interested in the Toolkit, can learn more and sign up via the Arts Council England website.

For more information contact:

Nisha Emich Communication Officer, Arts Council England
Tel: 020 7268 9563 / Email: Nisha.Emich@artscouncil.org.uk

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