The following initiatives and programmes have been developed to showcase the range of roles available in theatre and the performing arts, promote theatre careers and inspire young people.
Creative Careers Programme
The Creative Careers Programme is a government funded, industry-led programme to inform and inspire young people about careers in the creative industries. Its aim is to ensure there is a larger and more diverse intake of talent and a broader range of routes into the creative industries.
Since the programme launched in 2019, over 1,000 creative sector employers from all 12 creative industry sub-sectors have engaged with it, leading to 92,000 student interactions with the industry. The programme includes:
- Discover! Creative Careers website, a one-stop-shop bringing together careers information and opportunities from across the creative industries for young people, teachers, parents and guardians (theatre information is fed into this website from Get into Theatre)
- Discover! Creative Careers Week, a week of immersive events and work experience opportunities
- Partnership with the Speakers for Schools programme to bring creative industry employers to school assemblies
- Partnership with the Speakers for Schools experience programme to connect creative industry employers and schools for work experience opportunities
- Training the Careers and Enterprise Company's advisors to improve and broaden their understanding of the creative industries and the roles that exist within it, in order to improve school careers advice
Visit the Discover! Creative Careers website for information about how employers can get involved with the programme. For general enquires about the Creative Careers Programme, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Get into Theatre
Get into Theatre is the UK’s leading theatre careers website for young people and their teachers, parents and guardians. It is an online resource of theatre careers information, including educational and professional training requirements, practical information, opportunities and tools for accessing the wide variety of onstage and offstage careers available in the theatre industry.
It also aims to undertake outreach activities working with schools and colleges across the UK to reach, inform and encourage all aspiring young theatre talent, especially targeting those from backgrounds currently under-represented in theatre.
Theatre employers can use Get into Theatre to list training, outreach or funding opportunities (not jobs) by signing up here. For more information about Get into Theatre, please contact its Director, Ahmet Ahmet: Ahmet@thestage.co.uk
Inspiring Future Theatre
Inspiring Future Theatre is a wide-reaching industry initiative which aims to showcase the range of careers available in theatre. We have partnered with Education & Employers to connect theatre workers with their local schools. The scheme has two parts:
- Inspiring Future Theatre Ambassadors: the ambassadors programme encourages off-stage theatre workers of any profession or experience to sign up to Education & Employers' volunteer database. This enables your local schools to invite you to careers events, fairs, or workshops they may be holding to hear about your job. Signing up as a volunteer does not commit you to attending events - you are free to accept or decline as you wish.
- Inspiring Future Theatre Day: an annual social media campaign which encourages theatre employers to showcase the range of roles available at their organisation, and theatre workers to share why they love working in theatre and what inspired them to, using the hashtag #InspiringFutureTheatre. In previous years we have also held an in-person event on this day for schools to attend behind the scenes workshops focusing on offstage roles.
For more information about Inspiring Future Theatre, please contact our Outreach Leader, Siobhan Walsh: email@example.com
London Theatre Young Audiences Forum
This forum aims to build a bridge between London theatres and young audiences by understanding the needs and wants of both groups. Following industry meetings, the group will share research and finding, make recommendations and advocate for the mutually beneficial relationship between theatres and young people.
Forum members are made up of participation, membership or audience development professionals working within London theatre organisations. The current steering committee is made from representatives from SOLT/UK Theatre, Mousetrap Theatre Projects, Disney Theatricals and ATG.
For more information or to join the LTYA Forum, please contact our Outreach Leader, Siobhan Walsh: firstname.lastname@example.org