Interested in polishing your existing skills and learning some new ones along the way?

10:20am GMT, Tuesday, 2 November 2010

The Arts & Business professional development programmes

Interested in polishing your existing skills and learning some new ones along the way?

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Is it time you put yourself in the frame?

You can learn something new everyday! Get ready to come aboard with Arts & Business for a journey into an imaginative and creative world. One with new angles and fresh approaches that not only inspire creative thinking but guarantee to transform the way you work!

The Arts & Business professional development programmes ‘Board Bank’ and ‘Young Professionals on Arts Boards’ help participants see things differently. Funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland A&B get top talent from the private sector involved at the sharp end of the arts by joining the board of a cultural organisation, where they contribute business skills, energy and expertise – and get a lot in return.

Working with other high flying professionals in arts leadership can rapidly advance personal and career development, and is a highly rewarding way to engage with Northern Ireland’s fantastic cultural sector and to put something back into the community by delivering on personal and CSR goals. Gaining experience as a non-executive director or trustee further develops key skills including: strategic management, leadership, Influence, problem solving, creative thinking, confidence building, sense of citizenship, networks and relationships.

To date over 5,000 business people have been placed as advisors and board members throughout the UK, all seizing the opportunity to influence the cultural life of their community, connect with creative people, and enhance their leadership and governance experience.

Both ‘Board Bank’ and ‘Young Professionals on Arts Boards’ include an interview and consultation session, governance training, a matching service, networking events, and on-going support from a dedicated manager at Arts & Business. The ‘Young Professionals on Arts Boards’ programme is aimed at the UK’s brightest corporate prodigies (aged 18-30), and in addition they also benefit from guidance by experienced mentors and a Board Buddy scheme.

Is it time you put yourself in the frame? If so get ready to take the leap into a new learning adventure, contact A&B – a National Training Award Winning organisation, to find out how you can become a non-executive Director, expand your horizons and develop your networks go to www.artsandbusiness.org.uk/northernireland or call the A&B office for a creative conversation on 028 9073 5150.

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