The NN Associates programme is a tailored CPD training that develops sector-specific and wider employability skills within the cultural and creative industries and beyond. Our Associates Programme diversifies future workforce through the development of business, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills that open up to routes and avenues for those looking to develop careers in the Arts.
Our previous volunteer, internship and associates programmes have enabled us to develop and refine the programme structure to ensure resilience during the recent Covid climate. We offer a blended online and in-person programme of talks and training. NN is committed to creating opportunities for Associates looking to develop careers in the arts, as cultural producers and creatives through our Education and Engagement Programmes. We ensure that our workforce represents the diverse make-up of our society by providing access to training for marginalised communities and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
The training and skills development embedded within the programme will prepare participants to seek and secure employment and NN will provide opportunities and guidance throughout the scheme.
Associates will develop skills, knowledge and experience to become freelance practitioners and apply confidently for jobs within the creative and cultural industries. NN will assist Associates with identifying transferable skills into other employment sector and will offer opportunities within our partner network across different roles as they arise.
The NN Associates programme is made up of 5 key development pathways.
Mentorship: Each participant is supported by a professional mentor to ensure that they are able to contextualise their learning and implement actions from learning plans into further employment, training or education.
Industry and Employment knowledge: Participants are able to extend their knowledge of career opportunities, pathways and routes into employment and industry through networking, talks and mentorship from industry professionals across wider cultural sector.
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.
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 Associate 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 will set outcomes according to each participant’s future aspirations. We will monitor milestones accordingly to support Associates to progress through employment either with NN, 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 open to living in South East Midlands area, that is Northamptonshire, Luton, Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes. The NN Associates programme is open to recent graduates and emerging artists. Associates must not be in full-time work or full-time education. We particularly welcome applications from Black and Asian ethnic minorities, other minority groups, and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
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This programme is supported by SEMLEP