Making Theatre Gaining Skills is a social enterprise established in 2013 that provides unique training courses in the Coastal West Sussex area. We work with long-term unemployed people who are affected by mental health issues, learning difficulties and other disabilities.

MTGS has been in residence at the Bognor Makerspace since October 2020. We currently run a range of courses and projects utilizing a learning room, large fabric and craft classroom, training kitchen and a carpentry workshop. The Bognor Makerspace is a large warehouse which is being steadily developed as a community resource, offering space for a range of creative activities.

New Creative Classes for Adults

We are currently developing a programme of weekly classes for adults aged 19+ that is funded by West Sussex County Council. The focus is on puppetry and production skills with the opportunity for people to learn new skills in design, construction and operation over an eight week term.

About the role

We will shortly be starting a new class in Lighting, Sound and Visual Effects, running on a Monday morning from 9.30am to 12pm. The 8 week course will include theatre lighting, sound design and operation, basic level stop-motion animation, green screen technology and film editing.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Teaching Assistant to work with the resident Technical Manager in the delivery of this course and who can bring digital skills to the team. He/she will need to follow a curriculum plan, contribute to the assessment process and be able to instruct learners who may have no previous experience.

This is a part-time, temporary contract to run from May until end of July but which can be extended from mid September until July 2025.  We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, creative, an excellent communicator and an ability to encourage learners who may be anxious or unconfident.

Ideal Applicant

  • Advanced knowledge of a range of digital/creative skills, gained through university study or employment.
  • Experience of supporting formal learning sessions either in educational or community settings.
  • Sensitive to the issues faced by long-term unemployed people, or those with mental health issues or learning difficulties.
  • Organised and able to keep to a schedule. 


£12 – £18 per hour depending on experience.  (4 hour session)
Weekly hours are likely to be Monday, 9.00am – 1.00pm.

To apply, send your CV with a covering letter that includes brief answers to these questions:
Why are you interested in this post?
What can you bring to the role?

Email to:  Hilary Strong
Deadline: Friday 3rd May

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