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Arts & Business NI Young Professionals on Arts Boards Programme 2018 Launches

Now in its 11th year, the Arts & Business NI Young Professionals on Arts Boards Programme gets rising private sector talent involved at the sharp end of the arts by placing them on the board of a charitable arts organisation, where they contribute their business skills, energy and expertise – and get a lot in return.  A core service within Arts & Business NI’s suite of Governance Programmes, this initiative provides training and support to ensure young professionals in the early stages of their careers (aged 21-35 years) fast-track their capabilities through this practical, hands-on strategic leadership experience.

Being a non-executive charity director in Northern Ireland’s rich cultural sector makes future leaders explore their individuality, find social meaning and relevance, and develop key soft skills that add value back in the workplace.

Applications for this year’s Young Professionals on Arts Boards Programme launched at an event hosted in the eye-catching new Ulster University Belfast Campus Art Shop ‘UNIque’.

Top legal firm Carson McDowell has placed 15 employees on the programme to date. Speaking at the event Managing Partner Michael Johnston conveyed a powerful message about engaging employees meaningfully, particularly important with millennials, and how socially involved employees are ultimately good for business.

“This programme is a practical way to develop young talent and to give back to the community, and we commend the participants for volunteering their time and skills to support our local arts sector. Carson McDowell believes that the arts matter.” Michael Johnston, Managing Partner, Carson Mc Dowell

At the launch Tania Carlisle, Development Manager at Arts & Business NI said “Developing a workforce for the future demands focus on the human, and cultural engagement is becoming a business imperative. Arts charities operate as non-profit distributing businesses. We see time and time again how encouraging and empowering younger talent to step up and get involved as a non-executive Company Director in the Arts strengthens our cultural sector, contributes to brand NI, and accelerates the individual’s knowledge and competencies.”

Deadline for applications to the Arts & Business NI Young Professionals on Arts Boards Programme 2018 is Monday 25 June 2018.

The Young Professional on Arts Boards Programme 2018/19 is now open for applications. For enquiries please contact: Tania Carlisle, Development Manager, Arts & Business NI on 028 9073 5156 or 07973 418 864 or [email protected]