Take the Lead is a free employability programme from The Old Vic for students in years 11–13 that uses theatre techniques and creative workshops to build on five core skills: communication, self-management, self-belief, teamwork and problem solving.
This programme is created in collaboration with schools and businesses and draws on The Old Vic’s expertise as a theatrical institution to support young people to take ownership over their next steps after school and prepare them for the working world of the future.
Take the Lead includes three main engagements for selected schools.
- Launch Event: A two and a half-hour launch event at an Old Vic partner venue where students will hear from exciting guest speakers, giving insight into a range of different industries and career journeys, as well as network with other students from other schools
- A visit to a production at The Old Vic: schools will receive free tickets for their groups to one performance at The Old Vic
- Learn Your Part: Two-hour in-school workshop
How do we use our physicality and words to communicate and work with others? Your students will explore the tools that actors develop in the rehearsal room
- Build Your Company: Two-hour in-school workshop
How do we work together using our skills and those of our team mates to create and present an innovative pitch? Your students will form their own theatre company and pitch the next Old Vic production
- Take to the Stage: A two and a half-hour workshop at an Old Vic partner venue
How can we practically apply the skills developed on the programme to help prepare us for the working world? Your students explore how to communicate their skills and strengths when applying for their next steps; including CV writing tips, how to create your own elevator pitch and interview guidance
Partner schools also benefit from:
- A welcome video from Take the Lead ambassadors
- Students will be supported by a Prompt Book, an additional learning resource
- Teachers will be further supported via an online Meet and Greet and an online CPD session as well as a teaching resource pack
All of this is available for free thanks to the generosity of our supporters.
In association with
Generously supported by
John Lyon’s Charity and The HW Sanderson Art in Industry Fund