The Old Vic and The Prince’s Trust
Back in September 2017, we announced His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales as our Royal Patron to mark our 200th birthday. Since then, we have been working closely with The Prince’s Trust across our different youth employability programmes, from work experience placements to our renowned Front Line programme.
In October 2017, Old Vic staff attended our first Get Hired event at Prince’s Trust House. Get Hired brings local businesses together with young people in a ‘speed dating’ style to support them into employment and we met and interviewed a whole host of brilliant and passionate young people.
Two of these young people have joined us as part of Front Line, shadowing members of our Front of House team as part of our exciting paid placement programme, which aims to introduce young people to careers in theatre as well as boost communication and teamwork skills.
A further three young people that we met at Get Hired have joined us at various points throughout the year on work experience placements across different departments of the theatre. When asked, young people said these placements boosted their confidence, helped them develop new interest, enhanced their employability skills and helped them realise what they might want to do in the future.
‘I discovered Get Hired through The Prince’s Trust at the end of last year. I met a lot of employers at the event, including representatives of The Old Vic. Although my knowledge of The Old Vic was limited, I was intrigued to find out more about working within such an iconic organisation.
During my time with the Education and Community team, I was privileged to learn more about how this significant strand of the theatre operates. From observing the Schools Club Facilitator training day for Fanny & Alexander at The Old Vic Workrooms, to meeting their wonderful Development team and finding out more about how the theatre manages to sustain itself in our modern day. I was thrown into the deep end, getting involved helping with projects, including prep for Front Line Facilitators which is an incredible 10-week training programme.’ Raymond, Get Hired participant
The Old Vic is passionate about supporting young people from all backgrounds, building a route for them to access careers in theatre as well as developing transferable skills that they can take into their next steps in employment, and so we have been delighted to have such a positive impact on the young people we have met through The Prince’s Trust.
‘Creativity, confidence, perseverance, problem solving, are all skills we impart on young people that take part in our employability programmes.’ Kate Varah, Executive Director
Since Get Hired, we have also worked with two more young people on our Front Line programme, with another due to join us in June.
Our partnership with The Prince’s Trust has also been integral to our brand new creative practitioner training course, Front Line Facilitators. Five young people from The Prince’s Trust formed a group of 12 who underwent 10 weeks of skills-building training from The Old Vic Education and Community team and guest creative practitioners, developing their own style and practice as they prepared to lead their own workshops. The group devised two workshops, which they went on to deliver to young people from The Prince’s Trust Fairbridge Programme. This was a fantastic experience for our facilitators, who received great feedback from the young people from The Prince’s Trust.
The young people we have worked with from The Prince’s Trust so far have been eager to try new challenges and really motivated to get the best out of the experience. Their experience in theatre and drama has been massively varied and our Young Person’s Programme Manager, who has worked closely with a lot of the young people in question, said:
‘They brought great curiosity to the role. They were in a world they didn’t really know but asked great questions. The young people were alert and absorbed as much information as they could about the different departments within the theatre.’
We are excited to continue our partnership with The Prince’s Trust, and welcome even more passionate and engaged young people from all backgrounds into The Old Vic family.