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Pathways to Employment
We create supported pathways into employment in the theatre and creative sector for young people who may not access conventional or formal educational routes.
We do this by providing vocational training that allows young people to work directly with arts organisations and industry professionals.
From 2006 to 2009, the London Development Agency (LDA) funded our first pilot training programme ‘Theatre Pathways’.
‘Theatre Pathways’ was led by us in partnership with a steering group drawn from Hackney Theatre Partnership (HTP). The programme looked to tackle social and economic exclusion by increasing the numbers of young people, aged 16-25, employed in the theatre and creative sector who live in East London Boroughs.
The programme provided skills development and work experience in: community arts facilitation; arts administration and marketing; front of house operations and technical stage management.
Theatre Pathways helped to create positive role models who prove to other young people that pathways to new skills and employment are achieveable.
Form a Company
‘Form a Company’ was a particularly successful element of the Theatre Pathways programme that we hope to continue once funding can be secured.
Training and paid employment
Our current work continues to offer young people practical skills for working in the arts. We offer a comprehensive training programme for young people who would like to pursue a career as a drama workshop leader or gain skills in drama facilitation. We endeavour to encourage young people who are already engaged in other projects across the company to access this training.
We offer paid employment and further ‘on the job’ training in a supported environment, as young people are able to become employed as peer facilitators, delivering drama workshops on our Estate Based Youth Theatres and as part of our Meet the Parents project.
We have created the role of ‘Trainee Drama Worker’ within the company as a paid, full time post. A new Trainee Drama Worker is advertised and appointed on a yearly basis. This role combines training to lead practical drama workshops and administrative responsibilities on a range of our youth projects. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual to take their first step towards a career in the arts.
Giving young people access to qualifications that support their personal development and transition into the world of work is embedded within our projects. We offer a variety of accreditation options from AQA’s and Arts Awards to Asdan and OCN qualifications for specific training needs such as the Meet the Parents programme.
Participants from all of our projects are offered 1 to 1 support in areas such as; how to write a CV, help with further and higher education applications, employment advice and volunteering opportunities.
We recognise the importance of practical experience, particularly for young people who wish to explore the range of jobs available in the arts. Therefore we also offer opportunities for young people to volunteer or undertake a work experience placement with us.
Priority for such placements goes to young people from Hackney or those who are attending school / college in the Hackney area. We also have a long standing relationship with Central School of Speech and Drama and welcome a BA student in “Drama Applied Theatre and Education” on placement each year.
Finally we offer employment taster workshops to Colleges, PRU’s and E2E providers working with young people aged 16-25, across East London. These workshops offer the chance to explore the range of job opportunities within the arts and encourage young people to think about what volunteering, training or formal qualifications they would need to gain in order to follow a specific career pathway. This workshop can be adapted for young people with disabilities as well as looking at a range of career options outside of the arts.
To book a taster workshop contact Rob Watt.
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