Frequently Asked Questions

You seem to have several different types of programme how can I tell which one to apply for? 

CPC+ is for existing Senior Cultural Leaders in Norfolk and Suffolk. This programme was designed in response to the Covid-19 situation and the impact on the cultural sector. This programme is now closed for applications and the participants have been selected. You can read more here.

CPC Developing Leaders is for cultural leaders and senior managers with 5+ years’ experience. Applications for this programme are now closed and the participants have been selected. You can read more about CPC Developing Leaders here.

CPC Emerging leaders is for cultural leaders and managers with up to 5 years’ experience. Applications for this programme will open in April 2021. You can read more about CPC Emerging leaders here

If I miss a deadline for a specific CPC programme how do I know when you will run the programme again?

Due to our funding structure, each programme will run once only.

I’m concerned about Covid-19 and working with people face to face. How will you manage my safety?

The safety of participants is our priority and we will be led by government guidance regarding social distancing and any local or national lockdown instructions. We have already moved some of our programmes online and will be reviewing this as the programme develops.

I see the programme is run by the National Centre for Writing. I’m not a writer – can I make an application?

Yes. The programme is open to all creative and cultural workers (arts, culture, museums, libraries, arts Higher Education or public sector)  living and/or working in Norfolk and Suffolk. You do not need to be a writer to apply.

I have caring responsibilities and there may be occasions when emergencies crop up and I won’t be able to attend. Can I still apply?

Yes. We ask our programme participants to aim for 100% attendance but understand that things crop up at short notice which may prevent people from attending.

I see for Emerging Leaders you are asking for up to 5 years’ experience. How does this work if I’ve worked part-time?

We understand that many people work part-time due to family, caring and health needs. We are looking for applicants who have the equivalent of up to 5 years’ experience, which may have been accrued over a longer time period.

I live in Essex but work in Suffolk. Can I still apply?

Yes, we are inviting applications from creative and cultural workers who live and/or work in the local authority areas of Norfolk and Suffolk.

I find writing application forms difficult. Can you help with this?

Yes, please contact us if you would like the key information and application forms in an alternative format, or would like to use an alternative method to make an application. You can email or call 01603 877177.

How will my application be assessed?

Your application documents will be separated upon receipt and held securely within our computer system. Part one and the nominator form will be renamed with an applicant number and shared anonymously with our assessors. The assessor will score the application using a standardised scoring method and return with their comments to the CPC team. The CPC team will then moderate the applications, taking into consideration geographical spread, gender, ethnicity, disability and socio-economic background to create a diverse cohort.

I see that you are asking about any disabilities I have – how will this affect the way you assess my application?

In selecting the programme cohort we are actively seeking to include individuals with diverse characteristics and needs. Part one of the application form will be shared anonymously with our assessors. After this process has been completed, we will look at part two before making our final selection.

Who will read my application?

Each application is read by two people. Assessors will come from a creative and cultural leadership background in Norfolk and Suffolk. All applications are also read by a member of the CPC team.

You seem to be asking for a lot of monitoring information – is that really necessary? What if I don’t want to complete those parts of the form?

The monitoring information asked for in part two of the form will be used after the initial assessment of applications has taken place. We will use the information you provide to help us to create a group which is as representative as possible in terms of geographical spread, gender, ethnicity, disability and socio-economic background. We will also ensure that the breadth of the creative and cultural sector is represented.

The monitoring information asked for in part three will be detached from your application upon receipt. We will look at this information to help us evaluate who is making an application and if we could be doing more to ensure the opportunity reaches the widest diversity of potential applicants.

If you would prefer not to answer the monitoring questions in part two or part three of the form, this will not affect how we manage your application.

Will I get any qualifications or accreditation from completing the CPC programme?

No, the programme is not a qualification and does not offer accreditation. Participants will be provided with a record of the training they attended at the end of the programme.

I’m not ready to make an application at the moment. Can I apply next year?

Due to our funding structure each CPC programme will run once only. If you would like to discuss whether to make an application or not please email or call 01603 877177.

I can’t find an answer to my question on the website. What do I do?

If you have a question that can’t be answered on the website or you would like to discuss your application further, please contact a member of the CPC team by email or by phone 01603 877177. Please note that the CPC team all work on a part-time basis so it may take a few working days to respond to your message.