Next one week hospitality and stewarding course starts on 28th May

Benefit claimants aged 16 – 24 (ESA or Universal Credit) can apply to join a festival work experience programme taking place in our new Makerspace in May. Led by professional theatre technicians, this busy but friendly training programme offers unique hands-on experience of a range of practical but transferable skills that can improve your employment prospects and boost your confidence. 

This is a full-time, intensive training course run over 7 days which will provide you with a range of skills and the opportunity to acquire formal qualifications. Working as a team, you will be trained in event management, stewarding, customer care, health and safety awareness and hospitality. During the week commencing 31st May, the team will be working directly in front of house roles and backstage on the Bognor Puppet Festival which will take place in the Makerspace and in the centre of Bognor.

We are looking for people with ideas, commitment and enthusiasm who will enjoy learning new skills and being part of an exciting new creative project. Participants will be able to work towards a valuable Level 1 qualification in Health & Safety Awareness plus the Level 2 in Food Safety. You will need to be available every day and can expect to be involved as follows:

  • Crew backstage on some of the performances
  • Provide front of house support
  • Help with outdoor performances, supervising audiences
  • Assist in the cafe
  • Help contribute to our social media campaign by taking photographs and videos
  • Deal with public enquiries
  • Provide assistance to performers
  • Organise programmes

Previous experience is not required, anyone is welcome but numbers are limited. Speak to your Job Centre work coach to find out more. For more information: email

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Our new comedy project will be coming out of hibernation soon and its friendly team wants to welcome everyone to join in the laughter. There’s loads of opportunities for all ages to get involved, and most of the events are free of charge: performing workshops, scriptwriting sessions, cartoon drawing, kids’ comedy club, lighting & sound – and much more. We expect to be back up and running in April. To find out more, email

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Making Theatre Gaining Skills offers a range of full-time work experience courses lasting between 1 and 3 weeks long in our new venue in Bognor Regis. Referrals are mainly through the local Job Centres. In most cases participants will need to be registered as unemployed with Jobcentre Plus and will not be charged a fee to attend.
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Making Theatre Gaining Skills participants are often able to join us after their course has ended as a volunteer or Peer Mentor.There are often opportunities to work with us as a volunteer. We also welcome people with specific skills to share with others including construction, carpentry, dressmaking, graphic design etc. From time to time we can offer paid internships which are generally advertised on Facebook, local job websites and industry networks.

To find out more about upcoming programmes in your area, contact the team:

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