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Animated Edition - Autumn 2006
Workforce development
Pauline Tambling, Executive Director Development, Arts Council England
Workforce development is increasingly a priority area for all arts practitioners. We all recognise the training and development needs of individuals within the arts sector and the equally challenging organisational development needs for arts organisations themselves. The Foundation for Community Dance (FCD) is to be congratulated on its recent work mapping out the challenges and proposing an action plan for developing and implementing a professional framework for community dance.

Recent analysis by the Education and Skills strand of the Creative Economy Programme which is being published on the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) website on August 4 shows how complicated the wider world of workforce, professional development and qualifications can appear to those working in the sector but also how many opportunities there are for artists and the wider arts workforce to benefit from the emerging sector skills councils (of which Creative and Culture Skills is the newest example in our area), further and higher education, the Learning and Skills councils and recent initiatives like the H.M.Treasury Cultural Leadership programme. One of the best ways of taking forward the FCD framework will be to ensure that the community dance sector engages with this wider provision.

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Animated: Autumn 2006