Professional Development Programmes

These innovative management development programmes bring business skills and experience to the arts while developing managers from all levels of business. The programmes are:

Skills Bank transfers the specialist expertise of business managers to arts organisations. In short term part-time placements, the adviser assists in a specific area such as finance, strategy, IT etc.

Mentor Bank helps arts managers develop to their full potential. Focusing on the individual’s development needs, the business mentor is an invaluable sounding board and confidence-giver.

Board Bank places business managers with specialist skills on arts boards as directors and trustees. Access to such knowledge and experience makes a major impact on organisations of all sizes.

Benefits to business:

Unique opportunities for gaining confidence, enhancing coaching skills and contributing to the community. By experiencing creative new environments, individuals feed back into their workplace fresh ideas, better motivation and a wider perspective.

Benefits to the arts:

The advice given, free of charge by a specialist business adviser, often has considerable impact on the organisations involved as well as making a significant contribution to the development of arts managers. The fresh viewpoint of advisers often acts as a catalyst for dynamic change.

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