Technical Skills Training Programme
Developing new learning and training experiences
The Hull Truck Technical Skills Programme was a 3-week long training residency held in August 2018, focused on the development of technical and production skills in a cohort of eleven participants aged 18-23. The aims of the project were:
- To create an industry-relevant training programme at Hull Truck Theatre
- To grow skills within the casual workforce for the benefit of arts organisations
- To increase access to Hull Truck Theatre
- To provide development opportunities in the creative industries for residents
- To utilise the resources of the theatre for learning and development
- To offer a high quality experience for all participants of the programme
We utilised the theatres resources, including staff, venue and equipment. We also contracted a number of industry practitioners to lead a number of sessions throughout the three weeks. All participants undertook an A.B.T.T. Bronze Award and an I.O.S.H. Working Safely qualification. For the work experience element we relied upon support from local arts festival – Freedom. The budget for the program was £40,000.
We found recruitment had challenges, as the program was free to the participants we wanted to ensure the places were going to those who couldn’t afford training.
It has impacted Hull and not just our theatre. The program has successfully increased the amount of casual staff who are available within Hull.
Advice for others
Our advice for others embarking on similar projects is to ensure recruitment is undertaken as a priority. We tried to engage with the DWP to be a referral for people attempting to get back into work, however we underestimated how long a process that would be.
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