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Developing new training and learning experiences

  • University placements offered where possible, where it forms an accredited part of a University course. Eight placements offered in 2018, ranging from Assistant Director to Lighting Design to Stage Management to Community Assistant.
  • Several staff members, particularly junior and casual staff, are engaged in external mentoring – some of those relationships introduced by UK Theatre’s mentoring scheme, and some suggestions from the staff team here.
  • Attendance at free / low-cost conferences and events actively encouraged by line managers, eg. Pushing the Boundaries: The Living Legacy of Theatre for Young Audiences, Spektrix / Stagetext Open Day: Developing Your Audience Through Access, Tonic Connects.
  • Attendance at peer-to-peer networking sessions encouraged, e.g. London Theatre Consortium working groups, the HR Working Group, STAMP network.
  • Shadowing internally and externally is actively encouraged. In the last year, marketing have shadowed Learning, FOH have shadowed the General Manager, Finance have shadowed the BAC Finance Department, Stage Door have shadowed the National Theatre’s Stage Door.
  • Ad hoc meetings and interviews set up when people reach out to us e.g. Company Stage Manager recently met two students from Southwark College for an interview about her work here, and someone looking for a career change into Stage Management from hospitality.
  • Ad hoc shadowing days set up where possible e.g. in the rehearsal room.

Initiative by: Unicorn Theatre

Status: Ongoing

Type: New pathways

Date added: 17 May 2019

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