Frequently Asked Questions

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

CPC+ was a programme for existing Senior Cultural Leaders in Norfolk and Suffolk in response to the Covid-19 situation and the impact on the cultural sector. This programme ran from July to December 2020 and you can read about the programme focus and selected participants 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 are now open with a closing date of 10am on Monday 24 May 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’ve been furloughed / without work for most of the last year will that affect the way my application is considered?

No, we completely understand that for many people work roles and projects have been disrupted. When you answer application questions please use your most recent and relevant experiences and examples.

I was made redundant from my role so I’m currently looking for work, can I still make an application?

Yes, we understand that employment and freelance contracts have been impacted by Covid-19 and you are welcome to make an application.

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 have already moved our programmes online and have the skills and infrastructure to deliver a high-quality learning experience. CPC Emerging Leaders will be delivered online with opportunities for in person gatherings if and when it becomes possible and in accordance with government guidelines.

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, 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.

Is there an opportunity to speak to one of the CPC team about my application?

Yes, the CPC team are currently working remotely but it is possible to arrange individual conversations. We will also be holding a zoom session where we will talk about the programme and you can ask questions there also.

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. We can offer learning support / proof reading support to those who have dyslexic type difficulties. You can email leadership@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk 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 creative and cultural leadership backgrounds both regionally and nationally. All applications are also read by a member of the CPC team.

I don’t feel comfortable answering the monitoring information, do I have to?

No, the monitoring information you provide in part 2 is entirely optional and it will not affect how we manage your application if you choose to leave those questions blank.

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 leadership@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk 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 leadership@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk 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.