Work Experience & Employability
Apprenticeships at the Belgrade Theatre offer a unique opportunity to gain a wide range of transferrable skills which can be used in later employment, as well as a greater understanding of the theatre industry.
Belgrade Apprenticeships offer vocational training as an alternative route into the creative industries. They are based on ability and potential rather than qualifications, social background or who you know. They aim to break the vicious cycle of ‘no experience equals no job’, as well as broadening the social background of the Arts Workforce, which is one of the reasons our Apprenticeship is aimed at non-graduates.
For more information on what Apprenticeships we are currently recruiting for, or for any other work opportunities, please go to our Work Opportunities page.
Week Long Placements
The Belgrade’s Community & Education team support local young people aged 16+ in providing work experience opportunities. This is a rolling programme that offers young people the chance to engage in a work based placement designed to give the student basic knowledge and skills for working in the theatre industry. Depending on what projects the team are working on at the time, the young person will be given tasks on a daily basis that:
- Engage their creative minds.
- Increase critical thinking and problem solving skills.
- Directly contribute to the Belgrade’s current projects.
The young person will also be given the chance to work with various departments throughout the theatre, allowing them to get an all around experience of what it is like to work in a theatrical environment.
If you or a young person you know might be interested in a Work Experience placement with the Belgrade. Please contact the Community and Education team on 02476 846 741 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Careers Day: Open Doors
The Belgrade Theatre opens its doors once a year to offer young people of secondary school age the opportunity to come into the theatre and see for themselves the range of careers available in the performing arts industry. Opportunities include talking to arts professionals, participating in a workshop on a specific role and watching a live production rehearsal. Please contact Claire Procter at email@example.com
for more information.
The theatre offers longer placements to students aged over 18. Placements are usually connected to a specific department and length to connect to the student’s course or to enable them to gain experience on graduation. Students must apply by CV and covering letter. Placements will then be agreed with the specific department and are dependent on the individual’s skills and the capacity of the department at the time requested.
Volunteer opportunities are available in the Community & Education Company (subject to CRB check), Communications and Front of House departments at the theatre. Opportunities available are advertised on the website at the beginning of each season.
The Belgrade also seeks volunteers to serve on its various committees. Please visit the Work Opportunities page for more information.
Arts Participation for Employability programme (ArtsPEP):
In 2004, the Community & Education Company initiated a ground-breaking project to pilot the use of arts to raise employability levels amongst some of the city’s hardest to reach groups. The pilot was conducted with key partners, including the City Council Client Support Unit, National Probation Service, CSWP Connexions and Warwickshire County Council.
Key successes for the theatre include a partnership with Exeter University to develop and pilot an award in employability and personal effectiveness using the arts as a tool. This has resulted in the Supporting Employability and Personal Effectiveness (SEPE) Award, one of a Work Skills cache of short awards from Edexcel.
The Belgrade also developed the highly successful Fusion programme, which brings together more conventional employability provision with arts delivery in work with adults on incapacity benefit, and young people Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEETs) respectively.
The approach has been main-streamed in a number of organisations/programmes, and opportunities continue to be sought to build on the project’s considerable successes.
Organisations or individuals wishing to get involved in the work of the Community & Education team should contact us on 024 7684 6741 or firstname.lastname@example.org