Brave Recruitment

Transforming diversity from an obligation into an opportunity.

Across Cornwall, many people face challenges that prevent them from accessing placements, opportunities and employment in the creative and cultural sector. In seeking a way to break down these ‘hidden diversity’ barriers, RIO began a conversation we called Brave Recruitment.

The name was chosen because it acknowledges both that fortune favours the Brave and that it is a Brave step to embrace the challenges of becoming a truly diverse employer. Many of the talented Brave Recruits that we are discovering experience issues such as rural isolation, socio-economic barriers, worklessness, difficulties with mental health, disability and a lack of opportunities to experiences and training within the sector.

The response so far has been a powerful testimony to just how important this enquiry is. With an excess of 25 creative organisations actively engaging with Brave Recruitment, the insights that have arisen and the opportunities that have been created are hugely exciting.

Our Offer

Innovation Labs
An Innovation Lab is the first step in us working with you and your business. Through a co-produced approach working with yourselves and potential Brave Recruits, we will design a bespoke Innovation Lab that will explore a particular area or challenge that your business is facing. The outcome will be the creation of a brief for a Brave Recruitment placement. Innovation Labs take place at your place of work or at an alternative suitable venue.
One-to-one Support
RIO Consultants will provide one to one consultant support for the business to ensure the Brave Recruitment Programme is successful and beneficial to their business. Alongside this, RIO will continue to provide pastoral support to the Brave Recruit, which will ease the concern of the business about meeting those additional support needs and to ensure that the placement is a successful and beneficial experience for everyone involved.
Skills Sessions
These short sessions are a chance for you to have the space and access to external expertise to help you to build confidence in being a Brave Recruiter. For current Skills Sessions please see our Events section.
Enabling the Risk
By providing some financial support we hope this enables you to be brave and come on this journey with us. It will go some way to addressing the risk, while also providing support to ease the process. Support is given to Placements ranging from Discovery Days (1-5 days long) to Full Time 6-month placements.

Are you interested in becoming a Brave Recruit?

Do you want to:

- Find placements in Cornwall where you can grow your talent?
- Help businesses change the way they recruit through new pathways?
- Get personalised support before and during your placement?

Through Brave Recruitment, we can help connect you with the right Brave Recruiter for a placement that can last anywhere from three days to six months, earning a national living wage.

Throughout the duration of your placement, you will receive regular mentoring and support to ensure the best possible fit between Recruit and Recruiter.

If you're interested in working in the creative and cultural sector in Cornwall, and want to take advantage of the help on offer, contact the Brave Recruitment team at cultivator@realideas.org.

Creative Businesses/Organisations

Brave Recruitment supports creative employers to recruit more bravely by offering a suite of support, tools and sessions that transform diversity from an obligation into an opportunity.

Our Skills Sessions give practical actions and insights around governance, HR, wider audience engagement and diversity in the workplace, while our Innovation Labs are like mini think tanks– providing a way for employers and potential employees to begin their journey together, all while solving a pressing need for the organisation.

The ultimate aim of Brave Recruitment is to connect the right Brave Recruit (employee) with the right Brave Recruiter for a part-funded placement that can last anywhere from three days to three months. Moving beyond the free internship model, these placements recognise the value of the Brave Recruit and pay a national living wage for the duration of their placement, up to 65% of which can be claimed back from Cultivator’s Brave Recruitment fund.

Throughout the duration of any placement, both the Brave Recruit and the Brave Recruiter will receive regular mentoring and support to ensure the best possible fit for both parties, and the maximum value for all.

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Upcoming Events

An Innovation Lab is the first step in us working with you and your business.

Through a co-produced approach working with yourselves and potential Brave Recruits, we will design a bespoke Innovation Lab that will explore a particular area, challenge or issue that your business is facing. This will take into consideration the opportunities & limitations of your situation. The outcome will be the creation of a brief for a Brave Recruitment placement.

Innovation Labs take place at your place of work or at an alternative suitable venue.

To set up a free bespoke Innovation Lab for your business/organisation, contact cultivator@realideas.org.

These short sessions are a chance for you to have the space and access to external expertise to help you to build confidence in being a Brave Recruiter.

Keep an eye on this webpage to keep up to date with upcoming Skills Sessions.

Articles & Blogs

The latest from our Brave Recruits and blogs by RIO consultants.

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Investing in the Workforce

Yesterday, Creative and Cultural Skills Programme Director Robert West wrote a fantastic news piece for ArtsProfessional on how arts organisations can attract a diverse workforce into their sector by dismantling self-constructed barriers. "Schemes addressing equality and diversity imbalances in the cultural sector have been on the agenda for many years. Class and social mobility are rightly also being discussed as…
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Brave Futures Conference

Written by Tillila Antonio, RIO Trainee Consultant On the 1st November 2018 Brave Recruitment, a strand of the Cultivator Programme was launched at The Old Bakery Studios in Truro. Several businesses and organisations within the creative sector were invited to be a part of this exciting new opportunity. Careers in creative industries are extremely popular and Cornwall’s creative sector is…

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