2021:ARA launches new series of webinars

Despite its challenges, 2020 proved to be a record year for ARA professional registration.  We saw a 50% increase in the number of enrolled candidates working on their Registered Membership application, and an 18% increase in the number of applications submitted for Foundation, Registered and Fellow status (compared to 2019).

There are good reasons for this. The COVID-19 pandemic reduced the amount of time many spent commuting, freeing up capacity to invest in career development. But we know that some members are also looking ahead. The economy has yet to realise the true economic cost of the pandemic. This may make the UK and Irish job market more competitive, and perhaps more uncertain.

We’re kicking off 2021 with a new series of professional development webinars, building on the success of the 2020 webinar series and continuing our commitment to supporting members’ careers. If you’re looking to progress your career, thinking about your own CPD, or want to know more about how ARA can support the professional development of your staff and volunteers, then we’ve something to offer.

Details for each webinar are below and attendees are welcome to email questions in advance to chris.sheridan@archives.org.uk.

WEBINAR 1: Develop your career with the ARA

Date: Wednesday 27th January 2021. Time: 1pm to 1.15pm

Description: This webinar will showcase the different career services and support provided by the ARA. Learn how to get more from your ARA membership, your work experience and your chosen career! We’ll also share some insights from other webinars planned in 2021.

Learning outcomes: Individuals and managers will gain a better understanding of how ARA membership provides opportunities for personal and professional development, and national recognition through professional registration.

Joining instructions: On the date of the webinar simply click here a few minutes before the published start time and select the option ‘join on the web’.

WEBINAR 2: Explaining the Competency Framework

Date: Wednesday 24th February 2021 Time: 1pm to 1.20pm

Description: The ARA’s competency framework is an essential career development tool for all those working and volunteering within the archives, conservation and records management sector. It also sets national competency standards in record keeping for the UK and Republic of Ireland. This webinar introduces the ARA’s competency framework and explains how it can support professional development across the sector.

Learning outcomes: Individuals and managers will gain a deeper understanding of how the framework can support professional development for themselves and their staff.

Joining instructions: On the date of the webinar simply click here a few minutes before the published start time and select the option ‘join on the web’.

WEBINAR 3: Foundation Membership of the ARA

Date: Wednesday 24th March 2021 Time: 1pm to 1.20pm

Description: This webinar introduces Foundation Membership of the ARA. It provides an overview of the process to qualify, from enrolment through to submitting your application.

Learning outcomes: Individuals will gain a better understanding of how to develop and submit a successful application.

Joining instructions: On the date of the webinar simply click here a few minutes before the published start time and select the option ‘join on the web’.

WEBINAR 4: Registered Membership of the ARA

Date: Wednesday 21st April 2021 Time: 1pm to 1.20pm

Description: This webinar introduces Registered Membership of the ARA. It provides an overview of the process to qualify, from enrolment through to submitting your application.

Learning outcomes: Individuals will gain a better understanding of how to develop and submit a successful application.

Joining instructions: On the date of the webinar simply click here a few minutes before the published start time and select the option ‘join on the web’.

WEBINAR 5: Fellow of the ARA

Date: Wednesday 19th May 2021 Time: 1pm to 1.20pm

Description: This webinar introduces Fellowship of the ARA. It provides an overview of the process to qualify, from enrolment through to submitting your application.

Learning outcomes: Individuals will gain a better understanding of how to develop and submit a successful application.

Joining instructions: On the date of the webinar simply click here a few minutes before the published start time and select the option ‘join on the web’

WEBINAR 6: CPD Review

Date: Wednesday 23rd June 2021 Time: 1pm to 1.20pm

Description: All Foundation and Registered Members, and Fellows of the ARA, must continue with their professional development to maintain their professional knowledge and skills. CPD Review is the process through which the ARA invites those members to provide evidence of their ongoing CPD.

Learning outcomes: An understanding of the importance of CPD and the CPD Review process.

Joining instructions: On the date of the webinar simply click here a few minutes before the published start time and select the option ‘join on the web’.

WEBINAR 7: Top tips when applying for professional registration

Date: Wednesday 21st July 2021 Time: 1pm to 1.15pm

Description: This webinar highlights the key areas of advice and guidance that candidates must respond to in order to pass the assessment. We also share insights and feedback from ARA’s assessor team.

Learning outcomes: Candidates working towards professional registration will gain a deeper understanding of what makes a successful application.

Joining instructions: On the date of the webinar simply click here a few minutes before the published start time and select the option ‘join on the web’.

More webinar dates will be released soon. If you have any topic suggestions for future webinars please contact chris.sheridan@archives.org.uk.

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