With our cultural and other strategic partners, we are championing the benefits of a more diverse workforce to the arts.

We expect National portfolio organisations to recruit openly and pay interns, following employment law and best practice.

We work with strategic partners such as Creative and Cultural Skills, the National Skills Academy and through strategic partnerships with central and local government, enterprise agencies and further and higher education, trusts and foundations to identify financially sustainable interventions leading to more tailored entry level opportunities in the arts to both graduates and non graduates. 

We nurture and develop talent in our sector through our investments in creative employment and leadership development. Specifically, we are supporting creative entrepreneurs to develop and grow their business as commercial enterprises through the Creative industry finance scheme and investing in the development of arts, museum and library leaders who value sharing their knowledge and skills and make an enduring contribution to civic life.

Our strategic funds are developing diverse leadership talent across the sector. Responding to both national priorities and local needs, this includes support for programmes such as Permeate, which aims to increase the diversity of people working in the arts and cultural sector in the South East.