Next one week course starts on 25th October

Benefit claimants (ESA or Universal Credit) can apply to join a technical and craft work
experience programme taking place in Bognor Regis in October. Led by professional theatre
technicians, this intensive 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

Over the course of one week, the participants will work together on a series of tasks using team-work,
problem-solving and creative skills. They will create puppets, props and sound effects and help out backstage. The finished show (performed by others) will be presented to an audience at the end of the week. Participants will also benefit from on-going support in their search for employment and can access learning opportunities after the course has ended. 

Feedback from previous courses:
“It was a challenge but I managed to get through it and I’ve learnt new skills. I’ve enjoyed watching it all come
together! It’s helped me to consider other work options including apprenticeships.”
“It’s been good – I’ve enjoyed it. I’m now a lot more confident – talking in group discussion, meeting new people,
working in teams and trying new things. That’s surprised me.

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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