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Pathways to Employment

We provide creative interventions and one-to-one support to help participants to realise their dreams & explore potential career opportunities. We work with those still in education, preventing them from becoming NEET, through to the long-term unemployed.

Peer Facilitator Training & Employment Opportunity

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 community arts or youth work. The opportunity is targeted at young people aged 16-25 years old who would otherwise face barriers to entering further education and employment in this sector. 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.

Since 2011 we have employed over 30 Peer Facilitators, providing them with training and employment. Training covers the Principles of Safeguarding, Facilitation, and being a role model for vulnerable young people. Successful trainees are offered a part-time position on our Estate Based Youth Theatre sessions. If you are interested in becoming a Peer Facilitator, please contact Charmain.


What’s your Story?

This is a three-week course which uses drama and documentary-making to build confidence and develop vital skills to help participants market themselves to employers. Participants receive support to identify suitable job opportunities, update their CVs, and practice interview techniques. This course takes participants on a journey towards gaining employment, whether in the creative industries or another field, and enabling them to tell their own story. Find out more about a past project This project has been made possible by a grant from People’s Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Find out more about the People’s Postcode Trust and the People’s Postcode Lottery


Skills Sessions

Specific skill sessions open to all What’s your Story? and Talent Match participants. Also available for schools’ bookings. Sessions include:

  • interview preparation
  • registering as self-employed
  • working towards your personal pitch
  • front-of-house skills / developing communication skills for working with the public (run in partnership with local arts’ venues)
  • For further details and bookings, contact Gbenga.


Employability Meet-ups

Replacing, ‘Dinner With’, Employability Meet-ups, organised by the employability team are informal sessions every month in which participants can meet professionals from the creative sector and have dinner together. The professionals taking part will present a brief presentation detailing their job and how they got into the industry and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss their own ambitions. To receive an invite to dinner or to be involved as a professional, contact Gbenga.


Pathways Youth Theatre

We offer a series of short skills based courses structured around the academic calendar. These are delivered through weekly afterschool sessions in venues which are accessible to young people and run for approximately six weeks at a time, once a week. The courses avaiklabel are Devising a Performance, Preparing for Audition and Acting for Camera Participants can sign up for these programmes by contacting Charmain.


Talent Match

In 2014, we became a Hackney Talent Match provider providing NEET young people 18-25 with employment support and training. The programme provides 1-1 support with CV writing, job searches, interview skills as well as taking a holistic approach to tackling the complex issues young people face through a youthwork approach. The programme draws on the range of employability programmes that Immediate Theatre provides. This project is coming to an end as of December 2018