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					ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATRE

JOB DESCRIPTION

COMMUNITY ARTS CREATIVE APPRENTICESHIP

Departments:               Education, Production and Development
Contract:                  up to one year fixed-term
Hours:                     Full-time
Location:                  Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester.

Background
The Royal Exchange Theatre is one of the highest quality producing theatres in UK. We
present a varied programme of Classical and Contemporary drama, with a strong
commitment to championing new work. Integrated with this, the theatre provides an
important training ground for future theatre-makers. As part of this, our Education team
creates and delivers an imaginative high quality programme of projects, events and
workshops with the aim of creating opportunities for everyone to explore theatre, be
involved, and make the Royal Exchange their own.

Our programme of Education and Community work engages over 4,000 people a year. With
its emphasis on reaching those who may otherwise not access theatre, many Education
projects and activities engage with individuals and groups from some of the most deprived
areas in the UK and also with groups from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds.

To give just one example; our recent project, THE SEARCH PARTY, was a Young Muslim
Playwriting Project aimed at reaching young people aged 16 – 25 who may not have
previously felt the theatre to be accessible to them, and to raise participants’ awareness of
and engagement with theatre-making processes. It also sought to build links with
communities which are generally under-represented in British theatre, and to identify
potential playwrights of the future. An extensive programme of single sex and mixed writing
workshops took place in the theatre and in community and school settings across Greater
Manchester. Participants were invited to submit play scenes, 10 of which were selected for
presentation as professional rehearsed readings over 2 evenings in The Studio. Four of the
ten writers represented are currently receiving script development. THE SEARCH PARTY
involved 95 workshops with 235 participants, and rehearsed readings to an audience of 180.
Feedback from participants and audience members included the following;

“Through taking part in THE SEARCH PARTY I have been allowed to explore my imagination and
show my talents and feelings through writing. It has allowed me to show my individuality. Seeing [my
script] perfomed by professional actors was very inspiring, proving to me that I can do anything I set
my mind to.” Participant

“It’s a wonderful experience to see young Muslim writers. You never see many Muslims in theatres –
and it’s nice to see a theatre full of Muslims.” Audience member

We passionately believe in the transformative power of theatre and in the essential role of
the creative imagination in society. Our work is with schools, individual children and adults,
community groups and professional theatre-makers, working from Early Years to Elders,
creating new work and engaging with professional work on stage. Our programme places an
emphasis on exploring the behind the scenes processes of making theatre and the potential
of drama to support the teaching of non-drama subjects and life skills.




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Purpose of the apprenticeship
To assist with the development and delivery of projects and events as part of the theatre’s
Education and Community programme and to fulfil the criteria for the Level 2
Apprenticeship qualification in Community Arts Management. The scheme is designed to
offer an alternative route for young people aged 16 - 25 to a job in the arts. It is, therefore,
not open to anyone with higher than a Level 3 qualification (e.g. degree).

Main Activities/Responsibilities
The successful applicant will work with the Education department for an estimated 50% of
their time to assist with the development and delivery of projects and events as part of the
theatre’s Education and Community programme. Time will also be spent with other
departments learning other relevant skills, in particular fundraising and health & safety, and
gaining experience of the theatre as a whole.

In addition, the successful applicant will undertake a programme of on and off the job
training leading to a level 2 qualification in Community Arts and Education through the
Creative Apprenticeships programme. The successful candidate will attend training at
Manchester College on agreed days, and will be given the opportunity to work with a
personal mentor throughout the apprenticeship. Some weekend or evening work may be
required to gain the necessary experience, however any such work will be compensated for
by time off given elsewhere in the week.

Main activities/responsibilities will be to:

   Work across the Education department to develop a broad knowledge of the Royal
    Exchange Theatre’s Education and Community programme
   Support the delivery and development of projects, workshops and events within the
    Education team and across the building, learning about work with community
    organisations from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.
   Help to promote projects in a variety of ways such as attending events and writing
    reports.
   Take part in the creation and organisation of a theatre-based project.
   Assist with planning, researching and evaluating Education projects.
   Take a share in supporting the Administration of Education projects and other events.
   Work within the theatre’s Production and Building departments to gain further
    experience of the producing of theatre shows and events
   Work within the theatre’s Production and Building departments gaining experience of
    risk evaluation and health and safety systems and security
   Undertake training related to Health and Safety, as required.
   Work within the theatre’s Development department undertaking ad hoc duties and
    learning about fundraising and the presentation of related proposals
   Carry out activities in other departments of the theatre, as appropriate, to gain
    experience across the building and to understand how the theatre works as a whole
   Undertake training related to working with children and vulnerable adults, as required.
   Attend internal meetings, as appropriate.




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Person Specification

Essential
 Enthusiasm for and interest in the arts, particularly theatre.
 Enthusiasm for taking part and learning on the job.
 Ability to manage own time
 Good communication skills.
 An interest in working with a wide range of people of different ages, experiences and
   interests.
 Ability to work collaboratively and enjoy team working.
 Ability to work unsupervised and act appropriately on own initiative.
 A positive and conscientious attitude with a willingness to share and develop ideas.
 Basic IT skills including MS Office, email and the internet.
 Ability and willingness to work some evenings and/or weekends
 Care and accuracy in written work
 Enthusiasm for and ability to attend Royal Exchange Theatre performances.
 Commitment to successfully completing the apprenticeship and the Level 2 National
   Award in Community Arts Management.
 Willingness to complete Enhanced Disclosure with the Criminal Records Bureau.
 Commitment to equality

Desirable
 Passion for theatre
 Experience of working with Drama/Arts based groups as participant or assistant
 Familiarity with Microsoft Access and/or Excel
 Experience of working with the public in a professional setting
 Ability to communicate fluently in Urdu or Arabic


Additional information
This post involves working with children, young people and vulnerable adults and we will,
therefore, ask you to agree to an Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal Records
Bureau. If you think this may affect you, please do not hesitate to contact us before
completing your application.

The role involves working with individuals and groups from a wide variety of cultures and
backgrounds and, as an organisation committed to equality and diversity, we recognise the
contribution that all people can make to the Royal Exchange. We therefore welcome
applicants from all groups within the diverse community that we serve. We recognise too
that some people have criminal records and are reluctant to apply for work where this
would involve the disclosure of their record. Please rest assured that any information you
provide will be handled in confidence.

All offers of employment at the Royal Exchange Theatre are subject to receipt of references,
proof of address and security clearance satisfactory us. Under the Asylum and Immigration
Act, we are required to check that anyone taking up employment with us has the legal right
to work in the UK. All successful applicants will, therefore, be asked to provide us with
documentary evidence to support their entitlement to work in the UK prior to taking up
employment.




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EDI Level 2 National Award in Community Arts Management

To achieve the full National Award in Community Arts Management, you are required to
complete all seven units at this level.

Summary of Units and Elements

Unit 1         Acquiring funding/bursaries in the community arts environment
Element 1.1    Investigate sources and methodologies for raising funds
Element 1.2    Making a funding application and budget control

Unit 2         Developing a project with partners in the community arts environment
Element 2.1    Develop partnership projects within the community
Element 2.2    Identify the purpose of a project
Element 2.3    Monitor and evaluate partnership projects within the community arts
                        programme

Unit 3         Partnership Liaison in the community arts environment
Element 3.1    Research and evaluate existing community arts provision
Element 3.2    Plan, prepare and coordinate a partnership project
Element 3.3    Disseminate information between partners and with the general public

Unit 4         Pitching for work in the community arts environment
Element 4.1    Prepare and present personal or corporate details
Element 4.2    Identify community arts’ needs, prepare and present supporting material
                               and make recommendations

Unit 5         Cross art form collaboration in the community arts environment
Element 5.1    Devise and organise a cross art form programme
Element 5.2    Communicate and work effectively with partners and practitioners
Element 5.3    Monitor and evaluate a programme or project

Unit 6         Health, Safety and Security in the community arts environment
Element 6.1    Make checks and report emergencies
Element 6.2    Evaluate risk and investigate plans for safety and evacuation
Element 6.3    Investigate safety equipment and notices

Unit 7         Working with participants from diverse groups in the community arts
               environment
Element 7.1    Investigate services and accessibility in relation to need
Element 7.2    Develop programmes that support a broad range of activities for diverse
                                groups
Element 7.3    Communicate and evaluate effectively




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