Pathways to Employment
We provide creative programmes and one-to-one support to help participants develop their skills & explore potential career opportunities. We offer a range of support options for those still in education through to the long-term unemployed.
Since our establishment, Immediate Theatre has been committed to providing first-time employment opportunities and support for young people who would otherwise face significant barriers to employment.
Our programmes offer regular 1-2-1 support as well as group workshops, which aim to develop key employability skills through creative activities.
Training & Support for Young People (16-25)
We offer a combination of practical and pastoral support, through group workshops and 1-2-1 support sessions, designed to develop key employability skills and enable participants to reach their potential. We regularly work with referrals from the JCP and offer more general support for all ages and abilities.
Find out more about our programmes below.
Employability Training & Support Available
General Employability Support Drop-in Sessions
Kickstart Placement Support Drop-in Sessions
Skills Sessions Targeted Group Workshops
What’s Your Story?
Employability Skills Programme
What’s your Story?
A 4-week accredited programme which uses filmmaking and drama techniques to build confidence and develop vital employability skills. Participants take part in a range of creative activities which help them to develop a more positive sense of self and boost overall wellbeing, and develop a short film as a group.
The course takes participants on a journey towards gaining employment, whether in the creative industries or another field, and enabling them to successfully and confidently market themselves to employers. Following the workshops, participants are offered ongoing 1-2-1 support and the opportunity to match with a professional mentor in their desired career field. Many former participants have also entered voluntary and paid roles within Immediate Theatre.
The programme is made possible by funding from Henry Smith.
Next programme: starting 18th May
4 weeks of workshops, 2 half-days per week:
- Dates: Tuesday 18th & Wednesday 19th May - Tuesday 25th & Wedneday 26th May - Tuesday 1st & Wednesday 2nd June - Tuesday 8th & Wednesday 9th June
- Time: 10.30 AM - 3 PM
- Location: Dalston Den, 89a Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB.
Contact Gbenga for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07800594201
We offer support for young people on the Kickstart scheme, from the application process through to the end of placement and identifying next steps. If you are a young person looking to apply for a Kickstart position, speak to one of our team for support and advice with the process.
If you are a local employer hosting a Kickstart placement, visit our Employer Support page to find out how we can support you.
We’re open for drop-in sessions on Thursdays, offering both general employability support (open to all) and Kickstart support for referrals from the JCP.
Receive support from one of our team in the following areas:
- Job search & application process
- CV/personal statements
- Signposting to other services
- Enrolment onto skills workshops
- Use of computers/wifi
Due to COVID restrictions, you must book a slot in advance. You can do this by getting in touch with the team or completing our online form.
3-hour group sessions which aim to develop key employability skills, practice interview techniques, build confidence and offer peer networking & support opportunities. Workshops can be tailored based on participant need/demand and may cover the following topics:
- Self-belief: confidence, motivation & drive
- Communication: in interviews, with their team, management & customers/clients
- Self-management: organisation, schedule, self-reliance & responsibility
- Teamwork: working well, supporting managers, helping others & flexibility
- Problem solving & decision making
- Transition to workplace: acceptable workplace behaviour, timekeeping & the culture of being paid to perform
- Professionalism: office etiquette, confidentiality, bullying & harassment
- Return to work: positivity, emotional resilience & managing stress
- Strategic thinking
- Identity: self-awareness & empathy
- Interpersonal relationships & networking
Since our establishment, Immediate Theatre has been committed to providing first-time employment opportunities for young people who are interested in developing a career in theatre, community arts or youth work.
The opportunity is targeted at young people aged 16-25 who would otherwise face barriers to entering further education and employment in this sector. Peer Facilitators are paid the London Living Wage and trained in the principles of safeguarding, drama workshop facilitation and being a positive role model for vulnerable young people. Our past Peers have gone on to further education at Central School of Speech & Drama and Goldsmiths University and employment with a range of arts organisations and education providers. Many have remained in our employment as part of our Estate-based Youth Theatre team.
If you are interested in becoming a Peer Facilitator:
Work Experience & Employment Opportunities
Many of our past What’s Your Story? participants have undertaken volunteering opportunities within the organisation - including supporting facilitation of our Youth Theatres, providing administrative support in our office, supporting on marketing and social media, and working on future What’s Your Story? programmes. This has also led to paid positions in some cases.
Immediate Theatre regularly supports volunteers and placements from schools and colleges looking to develop their careers and experience. We offer both practical and administrative opportunities tailored to meet the individual, from first-time experience to strategic consultation.