The NN Ambassador programme is a tailored CPD training that develops sector-specific and wider employability skills within the cultural and creative industries and beyond. Our Ambassador Programme diversifies future workforce through the development of business, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills to open up entry to the sector and diversify future workforce.
Our previous volunteer, internship and ambassador programmes have enabled us to develop and refine the programme structure to ensure resilience within the uncertain current Covid climate, creating a responsive “blended” online and physical offer to participants who are looking to develop careers in the arts, as cultural producers and creatives delivering our Education and Engagement Programmes.
NN is committed to creating opportunities for those wanting to access career paths in the creative and cultural sector, develop their self-confidence and work to overcome barriers to ensure that our workforce represents the diverse make-up of our society.
The training and skills development embedded within the programme will prepare participants to seek and secure employment, for which we will help them both source opportunities and apply through the scheme.
Ambassadors will develop skillsets, knowledge and experience to become freelance practitioners/workers, apply confidently for jobs within the creative and cultural industries, identify transferable skills into other employment or be signposted to opportunities within our partner network across different roles or signpost training and development to work towards this goal.
The NN Ambassador programme comprises 5 key development pathways. Each participant is supported by a professional mentor to ensure that they are able to contextualise learning and implement actions from learning plans into further employment, training or education:
Industry and Employment knowledge: Through networking, talks and mentorship from industry professionals across the wider cultural sector participants are able to extend their knowledge of career opportunities, pathways and routes into employment and industry.
Practical skills development: A hands-on workshop programme that develops skills and knowledge that can be transferred into employment and personal career development.
Self-managed development projects: Participants undertake self-managed projects, supported by professional mentors that facilitate training linked to the production model of skills development. Developing real-world experience, confidence and track record.
Placement activity: Focused placement activity to develop a track record, employability skills and confidence.
Accreditation opportunities: Participants can select to undertake Arts Award accreditation alongside Ambassador activity. Arts Award qualifications are regulated by Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) in England, CCEA Regulation in Northern Ireland and by Qualifications Wales. The awarding organisation is Trinity College London (TCL). NN is an accredited Arts Award centre to be able to manage moderation of accreditation activity.
We work with two cohorts of ambassadors annually. We will set outcomes according to each participant and monitor milestones accordingly to ensure Ambassadors reach their goal of employment with NN, employment with another organisation, or further education or training.
We can offer travel and lunch expenses for each participant, materials to participate in the programme and equipment where necessary. We can offer assistance to those who require accommodations for learning.
This programme is intended for people living in South East Midlands area, that is Northamptonshire, Luton, Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes.
Meet current NN Ambassadors
This programme is supported by SEMLEP