New sessions added to Conference 2012

Geraldine Kendall, 16.10.2012
Learn more about skills development and overseas business
The Museums Association has added two more sessions to the programme for Conference 2012, which takes place on Thursday 8 November and Friday 9 November at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Business culture - does it matter?

On Thursday, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the government organisation that helps UK companies do business overseas, is hosting a session to show delegates how to go about making international contacts to benefit their organisation.

The session will be led by Richard Parry, head of UKTI’s education and skills sector team. The MA’s director Mark Taylor will also be speaking.

Parry said: “I'm speaking about business culture, and the importance of understanding some of the subtle differences between our way of doing business and the way it works overseas. It's a light-hearted look at a topic which is relevant to those companies and individuals planning to sell overseas. 

“Part of the preparation for doing business internationally is to have a feel for how your prospective client will behave and expect you to behave. I have a theory that an understanding of business culture probably never won a deal - but not understanding it has probably lost a few.”

The session, Business culture – does it matter?, takes place from 1040-1140 in Harris 1&2 on Thursday 8 November.

Coffee and biscuits will be served.

Working together to develop skills and training

On Friday, the skills council for the creative and cultural industries, Creative & Cultural Skills (CCS), will host a session aimed at building on the Cultural Heritage Blueprint, the research conducted by CCS and the MA earlier this year to articulate the current skills needs of the cultural heritage sector.

CCS recently won funding to expand its Skills Academy network of employers and education providers to the cultural heritage sector in order to develop career opportunities for young people in museums, galleries and other area of heritage work.

The MA’s director Mark Taylor will speak alongside CCS engagement manager Jennie Godsalve and director of partnerships Rhiannon Jones at the session.

Godsalve said: “Skills Academy members to date have created new apprenticeship opportunities for young people, hosted careers events and created sector-specific resources, and are initiating new approaches to CPD and training to get employers the skills they need.

“Join us to learn more about working in partnership on skills development, training and engaging young people. We are hosting a session on Friday 9 November and we invite you to come and find out more and chat to us about your skills needs.”

The session, Working together to develop skills and training, takes place on Friday at 1305-1430 in Harris 1&2 on Friday 9 November.

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