Yesterday, theatres, arts organisations and industry professionals across the UK celebrated the wide range of offstage theatre careers available for young people. A joint initiative by Society of London Theatre (SOLT), UK Theatre and Education & Employers, #InspiringFutureTheatre encourages young people to explore job opportunities within a sustainable and representative theatre workforce. As an organisation which offers an award-winning Apprentice scheme, alongside supporting a range of educational organisations such as the National College of Creative Industries, we were involved in a series of events taking place throughout the day.
Formed in response to SOLT and UK Theatre’s 2017 Workforce Reviews, Inspiring Future Theatre reaffirms the organisations’ commitment to opening up paths within theatre for young people, building a resilient workforce that’s representative of the UK’s diverse population. Workshops were held at nine theatres across all the major London theatre owners, from speed networking sessions to technical insights into staging a large-scale show. Theatre Royal Haymarket, the Cambridge Theatre, the Vaudeville Theatre, the Aldwych Theatre, the Piccadilly Theatre, the Prince of Wales Theatre, the Gillian Lynne Theatre, the Donmar Warehouse and the Royal Opera House all participated on the day.
WL’s Health & Safety and Workforce Development Director Chris Nicholls attended the talk at the Vaudeville Theatre whereas WL’s Managing Director Bryan Raven was at the Kiln Theatre in North West London where he was helping to deliver a careers session (which included a CV workshop). WL has recently been working closely with the venue’s Creative Learning team as part of a venture to find a new generation of technicians. The Production Arts students in attendance, who are on a 10 week part time course to learn about the technical side of the industry, had visited WL last Saturday to get an overall picture of the potential of the industry from Bryan. The students will be visiting WL over the next two weekends to learn more about audio & lighting through a range of practical, hands-on demonstrations.
Coinciding with #InspiringFutureTheatre, WL is now recruiting for its latest batch of apprentices. Following on from being crowned Employer of the Year at the CC Skills Awards earlier this year, the company is wanting to continue developing the next generation of industry talent. Find out more here.