A Guide to Entry Routes
SOLT and UK Theatre have worked with Creative & Cultural Skills to create information sheets to introduce theatre employers to the learning and skills landscape, which we appreciate can sometimes feel like a confusing area of work.
- Understanding Entry Routes - know what sort of placements and qualifications theatres can use. If you are thinking about or would like to engage anyone through these entry routes, please read our detailed booklet or contact Creative & Cultural Skills.
- Key Players - a list of key players in education and what they are responsible for
- Common Terminology - definitions of some of the most common language used in skills and education
- Progression Pathways: Levels of Learning - understand what level of difficulty qualifications are
These guides apply to England only. For more information on Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales, please contact Creative & Cultural Skills at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information correct at time of publishing (March 27 2019)
Entry Routes Survey
We need information from you to help us better understand the use and challenges of entry routes such as apprenticeships, internships and T Levels. We currently have a survey open for all UK Theatre and SOLT members. Please help us to understand the landscape so we can effectively shape the development of policy initiatives and achieve the relevant objectives in the Workforce Development Strategy.
For guidance on hosting and apprentice, please visit the National College Creative Industries website. You can download an employer support pack, as well as information for both apprentice levy paying organisations and non-levy paying organisations.
The Theatre Workforce Review identified that there are several skills gaps in the talent pipeline to the theatre industry, and that we currently are not representative of the population as a whole.
UK Theatre and SOLT welcome the prioritisation of technical qualifications within the Sainsbury Review and the subsequent technical education reforms. We want to ensure that these new qualifications help fill the talent gap, whilst diversifying our workforce across the country.
We have been engaging with theatre employers, the Department for Education, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation on the ongoing development of T Levels. We have written a paper that collates theatres' thoughts and comments regarding the implementation of T Levels in our industry, and shared it with these stakeholders.